Am I Qualified?

That’s the biggest question I’ve had to ask myself as I’ve prepared to share my story and raise awareness for food allergies.

What makes me qualified to reach out to others with allergies?

I’m just a teen who has made it this far with the everyday threat of anaphylaxis. I don’t like to draw attention to myself. So how can I speak out about something like this? It inspires more fear than you’d think.

People with food allergies don’t usually want to talk about it unless they’re talking to someone who has similar restrictions. I’m the same way. Why? It’s probably a little different for everyone, but there are two big reasons.

  1. We don’t want to draw attention to ourselves or our food allergy.
  2. We don’t feel comfortable sharing what we go through with someone who simply can’t understand it.

But people must understand it. The risks for those who suffer serious reactions is too great for people not to be aware and well-informed.

So maybe I’m not qualified. But it’s something that needs to be done. Want to lend a hand? I’m open to suggestions. What topics on this blog would help you where you’re at? What topics would help spread the message of food allergies? Talk to me in the comments. ❤

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