Imagine this: a sweet little, blonde-haired blue-eyed girl grows up just watching as her friends devour into that cupcake, licking the frosting from their fingertips as though it's little drops of Heaven. She only watches, wondering what it would be like to take one bite, just one tiny taste, imagining how that frosting must taste like such sweetness melting into her mouth. But she simply watches, and does not even touch, knowing that one touch, only one bite will cause her to not be able to breathe.
She is told the stories from her mommy and daddy, when they were brand new parents of a sweet newborn baby, embarking on the journey of raising a new life, nurturing the child through constant and unconditional love...and suddenly their baby is rushed to the hospital on a regular basis. There is a silent killer causing the baby to be sick, ill for no apparent reason, no one can pinpoint the cause, and the little one is unable to breathe constantly. She is told stories of her mom and dad sitting and watching their little one suffer, unable to help or stop the pain.
She remembers the story of how they were told and how she has always known her whole life: she has severe food allergies and anaphylaxis: a life-threatening, incurable condition.
This little girl and her family who certainly understand what living a life with food allergies and anaphylaxis is like is “Sweet Alexis” of Los Osos, California. Beginning at birth, little Alexis has had complications from food allergies, with too many close calls and hospital visits as a result of anaphylaxis, a severe type of immediate allergic reaction that can be fatal.
Alexis’ allergies are so severe that she is allergic to the natural lactose that is present in breast milk. She nurses for hours: not to eat, but simply to soothe. At 5-months-old she is introduced to solid food, a simple rice based cereal and spits it up. At 6-months-old, she is rushed to the emergency room and cannot tolerate the standard anti-allergy medication Benadryl© because of the present lactose binder ingredient. In the months to come to she is issued Albuterol© on an hourly basis to fight her asthma that is fueled from allergic reactions to something as necessary as food.
At 10-months old her parents, full-time mom Michele and police officer Jim, wait as Alexis is tested for the unknown silent cause, and wait in worry as their little girl goes into shock and clings to life. After what feels like forever, they are informed she has life-threatening food allergies. There is no cure, there is no cause, and at the time the family is unaware that as she grows up she will live in a world where people do not understand or will simply make light of the severity of food allergies.
Sweet Little One
The reality of her condition is that there is no such thing as “a little bit will be okay”; a little bit can kill. There is the fear that a child spitting yogurt at her or Alexis accidentally coming into contact with a nut, will cause her to swell up and have a reaction. There is the severity that only seconds of contact with an allergen, could be too late.
Alexis is severely allergic to dairy, eggs, shellfish, fish, all nuts (including tree nuts and peanuts), soy, mustard and cherries.
Alexis’ family has learned to adapt to the condition, taking extra precautions when it comes to food safety, particularly during school and when traveling. Wanting her daughter to be able to safely enjoy magical concoctions of sweetness, her mom, Michele Fellows decided to do something about the situation and started a bakery, called fittingly: Sweet Alexis.
She wanted to help little Alexis and her brother Ryan, who also suffers from food allergies, live normal lives, lives where they can enjoy the delicious treats that so many take for granted: cookies, cakes, muffins, bread and cupcakes.
I have been in contact with Michele, who informed me both of her children are doing well. Alexis’ little brother Ryan is 7 years-old and in the first grade. He excels in math and is a great baseball player. I think perhaps we’ve got a future major leaguer here.
Sweet Alexis Bakery
Alexis is thriving and is 9-years-old now. As a former cheerleader myself, I couldn’t be happier to see that little Alexis is a cheerleader as well for a youth football league. Alexis is inspirational and a truly happy child, well on her way to changing the world for the better. She is a sweet and special little girl.
My mom, who has been incredibly supportive and inspirational in raising me to live my life to the fullest, even with food allergies and anaphylaxis, first informed me of Sweet Alexis Bakery. When I created this site I immediately wanted to feature Alexis’ story and spotlight this bakery that creates allergy-free desserts. I contacted Alexis’ mom Michele and she was sweet, honored and very happy to have me feature Alexis’ story. The feeling is mutual.
Sweet Alexis Bakery is based out of Los Osos, California, located near San Luis Obispo, and specializes in egg-free, dairy-free, tree nut-free, and peanut free desserts.
I am so happy to see that children and families with food allergies and anaphylaxis are thriving and encouraging everyone, whether they are suffering from food-allergies or not that life can indeed be safe, and very delicious. Little Sweet Alexis and her family are now on a journey: one unexpected, one necessary, one inspiring flavorful treats, cakes and cupcakes that are of course: allergy-free and sweet.