When I see the colorful, majestic cake coming out and I hear all my friends voices starting to sing, all I can focus on is the butterflies fluttering in my stomach because I know I cannot have the cake. It is hard at birthday parties because I can never eat the food or dessert. Even though I know that the most important part of a birthday party is celebrating my friend, it is embarrassing when I have to explain why I can’t eat the cool cake. It makes me a little sad sometimes because I am different than a lot of my friends.
My name is Kira. I am nine years old and I am the oldest of four siblings. Until two years ago, I could eat whatever I wanted. I love food! Food is delicious. It is awesome. It can be fun to go to friends houses and taste the different kinds of foods that their families eat. Food is something that can bring people together. When I came to my new school and didn’t know a lot of people, I made some of my best friends while sharing snacks during recess. But, all that changed on November 15th, 2014. After a terrifying trip to the emergency room, and a lot of needles and pokes at the allergist, I found out that I was allergic to nuts. It was not fun! Now I have to be careful about what I choose to eat in order to make sure I stay safe and healthy; it is really complicated.
You might not be able to tell when you look at me, but I am always worried about my nut allergy. At first, I was so scared of accidentally eating nuts that I asked at my friend’s house if the water had nuts. I also cannot eat anything without checking the package first.
Even though it can be hard to be allergic to nuts, it makes me feel stronger when I get to flaunt my allergy. One thing my allergy does for me is that it allows me to show off my unique style with my pretty epipen bag that I carry everywhere. I carry it like a pocketbook. It is a bright and happy bag that holds my medicine that can save my life if I accidentally eat nuts.
Another way my allergy has helped me grow as a person is that it has made me a better friend, because I know what it feels like to be excluded. I always try to make sure that everyone can participate in anything I am doing during recess. Once I saw a classmate was not playing with anyone and I went over to her to make sure she knew she was invited to our game. I want to teach my friends and family what I have learned from my life experience. I want to teach them to be considerate to other people the same way I hope people will be to me. It makes me have empathy for people with other differences. Finally, I try to teach people about allergies so they will be careful because it is very serious. I want to make sure that everyone has the chance to feel safe and maybe even eat some cake.