Why am I doing this project?
The main reason for wanting to do this project is because I have a severe peanut and tree nut allergy. I have had this allergy since kindergarten, and I have always felt that people at school really don’t understand what a food allergy is. While my friends in March were complaining about their outdoor allergies, runny noses, and itchy eyes, I sat there thinking about how lucky they are. I have had outdoor allergies on top of my food allergy, but the outdoor allergies kind of come and go. Let me guarantee that outdoor allergies are nothing. My brother has a peanut allergy also, and he is allergic to everything outside except for one type or tree. This is the misconception; those who do not have a food allergy think that food allergies are just like outdoor allergies. They have no clue that I could die. Peers freely eat in class when teachers tell them muliple times that people with food allergies can get airborne reactions. Also, a student in my class thought it was funny to joke around that he was eating a peanut butter sandwich. I really need my peers to take the food allergy matter seriously. No one even knows when Food Allergy Awareness Week and Month are.
How is it like daily living with an allergy?
Living with an allergy is complicated. I’ll give you an example; let’s say you are at a birthday party. First you eat pizza, which you have to first check to see if that is safe. Then there are refreshments that you will have to read the label. Then, finally, cake. If the cake is homemade or made at a bakery, you can’t eat it. If not, then you have to check the label. 99% of the time cakes are not safe to eat.
Why am I doing this project in the first place?
I am doing this project with my group because our English teacher gave us an assignment where we have to make an impact on the community. We decided to choose food allergies to give those without allergies the correct information and to raise money for a cure.