Welcome to Colorado Springs Mothers of Severely Allergic Infants and Children. MOSAIC is a free support group for parents of children with severe food allergies. Our members include parents with children of all ages, from babies to young adults. Our group is for mothers, fathers, grandparents, and caregivers- anyone who loves or cares for a child with food allergies. Our members have children with one food allergy or several, including peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, fish, and shellfish, as well as other foods. We also have members whose children have eosinophilic esophagitis or other food allergy related conditions.
We meet about once a month for an informational or educational meeting that includes either a guest speaker or a topic of interest to food allergy families. In the past, these topics have included how to treat anaphylaxis, administration of epinephrine, how to cope with the emotional consequences of food allergies, and other important topics. Some of our guest speakers include local allergists, psychologists, and authors.
Our Advisor/Medical Consultant is Dr. Matthew Bowdish. He is an Allergist at The William Storms Allergy Clinic. He is Board Certified in both Allergy and Immunology as well as Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He graduated from the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and his Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Yale University School of Medicine.
MOSAIC is led by Katie Pritchard, Aggie Hansen, and Natalie Honodel. Katie took over leading MOSAIC in October 2011. Her daughter, Havah, is seven years old and is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, sesame, peas, and apples, as well as having celiac disease and eosinophilic esophagitis. Katie and her husband, Nick, also have a ten year old daughter, Julie.
Aggie Hansen became a MOSAIC co-leader in May 2013. Her five year old daughter, Lily, is allergic to milk, egg, peanuts, and tree nuts and has eczema. Lily also outgrew allergies to wheat and soy. Aggie writes a food allergy blog at www.indulgingwithallergies.blogspot.com.
Natalie Honodel also became a MOSAIC co-leader in May 2013. She is a college student living with severe food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame along with recently diagnosed Idiopathic Anaphylaxis. She writes a food allergy blog at www.behindthereaction.com.
To provide practical ways of coping with food allergies and anaphylaxis in your everyday lives.
To connect you with news, research, and resources regarding food allergies.
To advocate for the safety and inclusion of our children at a local and national level and especially at school.
To provide understanding.
To help each other work through any shock, grief, anger, guilt, or fear that a food allergy diagnosis has brought.
To help you know that you are not alone.