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Caitlyn P.

Hello all!

My name is Caitlyn and I am a blog writer as well as one of the team leads for the WhyRiskIt? Allergy blog forum.  I am allergic to wheat, eggs and nuts, but there’s so much more to me than that!  Currently I am in my third year of nursing at Queen’s University and loving every minute of it.  In my spare time I enjoy running, doing yoga and experimenting with allergy free baking!  I also love to travel and have been able to volunteer abroad in Costa Rica and Tanzania.



Emily Rose



Hello everyone, my name is Giulia Cavaleri. I am 20 years old and I am allergic to peanuts, nuts, fish and seafood. My hobbies include teaching, swimming and reading. I’m one of those people you’ll see sitting in Starbucks with their tea and laptop viciously typing away trying to finish a paper or write an email. I am also super interested in traveling. I hope to go on my first trip overseas without parental supervision in the near future.



My name is Harrison and I am a 17 year old in grade 12. I’m allergic to over 8 foods so I won’t list them because it takes too long. In my spare time I play video games, write fictional stories (that I hope will be famous someday), and do origami. I like volunteering my time at YAP, a public speaking club, and my schools anti-bullying and gay-straight alliance. I am super-passionate about YOU loving yourself and YOU deciding what you want to do with your life, not someone else. The way I know you are perfect is simply because you exist; nature exists and nature is beautiful, so why not you too?





Hello all, I am Mathew Keating.  I am allergic to all nuts and have been a member of the Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) Social Media Team since January 2012.  Aside from being a member of YAP and contributing to the YAP blog, I enjoy spending my spare time working on projects in the entertainment industry, working on projects that have a mandate focused on social innovation and maintaining an active lifestyle.







Sydney H.


I am a seventeen-year-old grade 12 student who is hoping to pursue a career in nursing! At thirteen I developed allergies to strawberry, pineapple, coconut and cashew. Since then I have had multiple anaphylactic reactions that have required auto-injectors. When I first found out I had food allergies I was very in denial and wasn’t very responsible about my allergies. Since then I have accepted my allergies as a part of my day-to-day life and love helping and supporting others through my experiences with allergies.  I have a part time job and love shopping, hanging out with friends and family and going to the gym! I also spend my spare time writing a personal blog about my experiences with allergies.

Sydney P.

Hello everyone!

My name is Syd and I have allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and furry friends (animals). I am currently studying to become a nurse at Queen’s University and I would love to work in the mental health field some day. I have a passion for synchronized swimming and any sports related to the snow like skiing, snowboarding, even tobogganing! If I’m not at the hospital studying I can either be found splashing around in the pool or munching on a maple cinnamon french toast bagel at Tim’s! (If you’ve never tried one you are missing out!) Last but not least, if I had to pick my favourite invention ever it would be without a doubt the microwave. I don’t know what I’d do without that amazing appliance!




Hi! My name is Talia, and I’m allergic to fish, nuts, sesame, mustard, kiwi, legumes and milk. I’m currently finishing my second year of dental school at the University of Montreal. When I’m not in school, I enjoy reading, going out with friends, and travelling. One of my favorite parts of being a YAP member is that I get to stay up to date with the latest allergy research, and then share what I learned with our readers. I also enjoy being able to share tips and tricks for living with allergies that I’ve learned over the years.



2 responses

  1. So glad I found you! My PA son just turned 13 and I’m nervous! Most fatalities seem to happen in the teen years. He is in a peanut patch allergy trial so I’m hopeful that he might be cured one day. Great blog, keep up the good work!

  2. Hi everyone, I am new to blogs but wanted to post that I have created a submission to the Aviva Community Fund to raise money for anaphylactic allergy research. To win this money I need as many votes as possible. You can vote once per day. Please see https://www.avivacommunityfund.org and my submission is number ACF20005. Just register to vote and help me raise $50,000-$100,00 for anaphylaxis research to help find a cure or treatment. Thanks very much. Kathy

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