My name is Hannah, and I’m allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.
I’ve always found it interesting that celebrities (as perfect as they may seem) actually do have problems, and for some of them that includes dealing with allergies. Luckily for us normal folk, having celebrities with allergies makes allergies seem a bit more cool and proves that allergies don’t have to stop you from doing what you want to do.
Take Jessica Simpson, for example. She is allergic to tomatoes, wheat, and milk – yet she was the celebrity spokesperson for Pizza Hut! Perhaps that was not the best choice on her part – but just because you’re allergic to something doesn’t mean that you should be afraid of it. It is better to be careful than afraid.
Bill Clinton is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, Serena Williams is allergic to peanuts, Drew Barrymore is allergic to garlic and coffee, Drew Brees has gluten intolerance, and Justin Bieber is said to have had an allergic reaction to an undisclosed allergen. Tiger Woods is even allergic to pollen, but that doesn’t stop him from enjoying the great outdoors! If those celebrities can live with allergies, then so can you!
The best thing to do if you have allergies is to avoid your allergen and always carry your auto-injector. Celebrities might have someone who carries it for them, but most of us are not so lucky and must find a way to carry it ourselves. You can put it in your purse, backpack, or jacket pocket – just make sure that wherever you put it, you always have it on you. Also make sure to check every food label and ask every restaurant about your allergens. Although it may seem like a pain, it’s worth it, and after a while, it just becomes habit. If there is every a point where you don’t feel comfortable eating – don’t! Sometimes when I walk into a restaurant and I see peanuts on the floor or staff using the same scoops for different flavours of ice cream, I decide not to eat there after all.
Allergies are a serious thing, but they don’t have to control your life. As long as you’re careful and don’t take unnecessary risks (like eating foods labeled with “may contain”), chances are that you will be okay! Just remember that you are not alone, and there are other people out there – famous or not – who understand what it’s like to live with allergies.