My Wake-up Call

Since developing my food allergies at thirteen I have had to use an auto-injector several times, but there is one reaction that sticks out in my memory the most. I was in grade eleven at the time and was going out for lunch with friends during a typical school day. Sometimes with food allergies, you don’t want to be different than your peers and want to feel like you can do everything that they can.

chinese foodMy friends wanted to go out for Chinese food and I completely went ahead with the plans without even thinking about possible allergens or the precautions I needed to take. It was completely irresponsible and one of my biggest mistakes. For the most part, I was responsible with my food allergies, but I never realized how serious they actually were. I devoured my delicious Chinese food with my girlfriends not even knowing what was about to happen. By the time we arrived back at the school I began to feel the familiar feelings of anaphylaxis that I knew too well. Before I knew it my teacher was administering my auto-injector, followed by a second dose as symptoms worsened. As the ambulance raced down the highway they gave me a third dose and I knew things were bad.

As I lay on the stretcher regret and guilt came over me. I had put my life at risk all for one meal with friends because I didn’t want to be different and worry about my allergies. Thankfully, once I arrived at the emergency room my symptoms slowly subsided. It was really a close call where I learned many valuable lessons.

I really don’t mean to scare people with this story, but the fact is, it scared me and want others to know that situations like this are preventable. Anaphylaxis is very serious, but with a little bit of effort and initiative you can do everything that your peers can, safely and effectively. This reaction was my wake up call. Since then I have checked labels, informed restaurant staff, planned ahead, and been responsible for my health and safety. Less than a month after this reaction, I became involved with Anaphylaxis Canada’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) and have learned a lot about allergies and myself since then. Being able to share my experiences and help others has been an amazing experience. To conclude, use this story as a wakeup call, don’t wait for a life-threatening situation to occur to realize the severity. Stand up, be responsible and be safe!

WhyRiskIt? App Now Available on iPhones/iPads


It’s official! Our WhyRiskit? Food Allergy App for Teens is now available to download on three major smartphone and tablet systems:




You can read the official press release on Anaphylaxis Canada’s website.

It features the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, treatment and emergency procedures. It also offers support by integrating the “Allergy Free Press” blog stream too!

Check out the screenshots below and download today by searching “whyriskit” in the app store.




2012 – Why Risk It? Blog in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

We are amazed and delighted that our blog received 6,400 views in 2012! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the Why Risk it? Teen Allergy Blog. We hope you found the content helpful and enjoyable as we shared our experiences living with food allergies together. Anaphylaxis Canada would also like to thank and acknowledge our Youth Advisory Panel for their continued excellence in blog content. The youthful perspective provided on this blog is invaluable to the greater allergy community. Keep up the great work in 2013!

Click here to see the complete report.