Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My worst nightmare as a mom of a child allergic to peanuts.

A young woman nearly died after suffering a severe allergic reaction to a cake that promised to be peanut-free. Preethi Koshy, a 22 year old who has been diagnosed with a serious peanut allergy, spent three days in the ICU after eating just a single bite of a cake her mother had purchased for her.
Her mother asked the vender at the food festival where the cake was sold whether it contained peanuts. The vender insisted it was peanut-free, though a later investigation revealed that the cake actually contained a high quantity of peanuts – some bites may have been more than 50% peanut.
As soon as she took a bite, says Koshy, she knew it contained nuts. “I knew it was really serious. I could feel my throat swelling up and my breathing stopping” she explained to the Daily Mail, adding “I know I am lucky to be alive. The doctors said if I had gone two minutes longer without treatment, I probably wouldn't have survived.”
The company that sold the treat has now been fined £7,500 ($11,500) because it lied to Koshy's mother about the ingredients in the cake.
Reflecting on the amount of the fine, Koshy complained “The fine does not hit home hard enough and doesn't reflect how close I was to losing my life. They passively told my mum there were no peanuts in it, without thinking how serious the outcome could have been.”

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Life-changing wisdom and guidance for embracing transitions.

I'm a co-author in this book. That's my picture on the bottom left!  Go buy the book, you will love it!

Like you, I’m on a quest to live life the way I want to. To be fulfilled at home and at work. To really know who I am and to bring my talents to the world.
But let’s face it. Life can be tough. Especially when unexpected, sometimes drastically life-altering circumstances occur.
Well now there’s a new book that is chock-full of inspiration and deeply honest stories from women around the world who have not only faced, but survived and thrived through transitions. And they’re women entrepreneurs just like you and me.
I have recently written a chapter and reviewed an advance copy of Sheri McConnell’s new Smart Women Series™ book titled Smart Women Embrace Transitions: How to Lean into Change with Your Body, Mind, and Soul.
And let me tell you, it’s one you don’t want to miss!
If you’ve never read one of Sheri’s books, now is definitely the time to do it. Because we all face transition, and there is nothing worse than feeling overwhelmed or alone during the process.
The book is smartly broken down into sections which include health, divorce, loss of loved ones, adoption and multiple transitions. There is something to be learned from each one of these powerful women, whether you’re in a similar situation or not. Their wisdom and guidance is what EVERY women needs to hear, regardless.
Each woman’s unique story reveals the thoughts and emotional processes that happened to them before, during and after their transition. And the amazing change in mindset is the prevalent common denominator that moves them forward.
If you read each story, you’ll get the nuts and bolts of the heartfelt insight every woman shares, and an incredible close-up and personal window into their soul.
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