Bethenny Frankel is determined going into the New Year to focus on raising awareness for fish allergies and the near-fatal reaction that can happen from exposure.
The "Real Housewives of New York" star has had two public run-ins with her allergy to fish, and now understands more than ever how scary the situation can get.
Sources close to Frankel tell The Blast she considers raising awareness on fish allergies her "calling," and is planning on working on ways to make information more available to the public about severe allergic reactions to fish.
"Some allergens are transmitted by touch & air. Fish is one & is fatal," the "RHONY" reality star explained, adding, "The more exposure to them, the more susceptible. It's not like an immunity thing where more exposure means less susceptible."
As we reported, Frankel was rushed to the hospital and kept for two days after fish was unknowingly added to miso soup she ordered at dinner while on vacation with boyfriend, Paul Bernon.
Days later, she was aboard an airplane that had to be turned around after bass was served during the in-flight meal. Frankel said she had called ahead multiple times to let them know she could not be aboard a plane serving fish, but apparently the note did not make it to the flight crew.
We're told the reality star became even more obsessed with the dangers of her fish allergy after an 11-year-old boy in Brooklyn died from a possible reaction to airborne fish proteins from his grandmother's kitchen. The death of Cameron Jean-Pierre is currently being investigated.
Those close to Frankel support the reality star and know how serious she is about the allergy, which she has quietly suffered from for years.
As the Bravo star herself put it, "I've always kept it quiet but that's over now."