11 Things People With Severe Allergies Want You To Know

Peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, insect stings – my past and present allergies to all of these things have made up a significant part of my identity ever since I can remember. I once went away to camp, and nobody even knew my real name; I was just referred to as ‘Peanut Kid’ all week long. (For instance, “Here’s your special peanut-free dinner, Peanut Kid”).

Though I appreciate that someone fortunate enough to have a drastically more co-operative immune system may not have much experience with the dos and don’ts of #allergylife, I am sometimes thrown off by the occasional insensitivity around the issue of severe allergies (including a comment once suggesting that the universe is ‘trying to get rid of me’).

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