My blog is five years old today! I’m almost without words when I think of how much has occurred since I stumbled into the online world. I feel like I’ve lived a few different lives since then.
First, I was Onespot Allergy. I was just a lawyer with a passionate interest in allergy safety, and I was nervous when I shared something online, but I quickly gained confidence as I found an interested and supportive community of readers. Then, I partnered with Dr. Mark Greenwald, an Allergist, and also became EpiCenter Medical. My readers supported that transition as I shared our content and products with them as well.
I gained different skills as I completed our online anaphylaxis first aid course and prototype epinephrine kit. While I still own half of EpiCenter Medical, I terminated day to day involvement over one year ago, and now I’m again Elizabeth Goldenberg, a lawyer with an allergy blog and some atypical skills.
Transitioning mentally back to the practice of law has taken time. After six years in allergy safety, and after such sustained effort during my work with Mark, it took some time to deprogram. I was extremely disappointed when I had to terminate our partnership, and the challenges continue, as it’s a matter of public record that I filed a lawsuit in London, Ontario against Dr. Mark Greenwald that is still pending. My hope is that we will soon settle the dispute, so that I can wish him well as he continues in allergy safety as “EpiExpert.”
On a personal side, my family is doing very well. Aaron has been accepted to University and is excited about attending, and Jacob is wrapping up grade 7. They’re absolutely lovely boys with extremely bright minds and interesting perspectives, and it’s a pleasure to parent them. My husband, Joel, is the program director for Canada for Kids Kicking Cancer, a wonderful organization started by Rabbi G., one of CNN’s top ten heroes of 2014.
I committed to a new project last month, which is something I’ve been thinking of for years, even before I started the allergy work: Specifically, I’m revising how family law services are delivered to make the process more humane and affordable. Wish me luck! It’s a big task, but it’s very exciting to me and involves a passionate interest of mine, and after one year of recovery I am definitely up to it.
I hope you are all doing well too. Are you staying free of reactions by avoidance of your allergens, and if you’ve had reactions, have you had epinephrine within reach and felt competent with the allergy first aid protocol? Are you and your family well, and is everyone involved in things that are meaningful to them? Most importantly, is your mind at peace with the past and approaching the present calmly and hopefully? I hope so, and I thank you as always for your support.