My name is Jack. I am just like every other kid but there is something that makes me different. Sometimes this difference is a struggle. I have a peanut allergy, which means I can’t eat some things that other people eat. I am ten years old and have had my peanut allergy ever since I was born. I have two brothers and a sister, and one of my brothers also has a peanut allergy. This might sound hard for most people but not for me because I have had it for so long.
Although I have had my peanut allergy always, sometimes it is a challenge. It is hard when I go to parties and I cannot always eat the food, especially cake and candy. Sometimes I wish I could eat what everyone else can eat. In remember one time I was at a party and the cake looked so good! I couldn’t wait to dig in but then I found out it had PEANUTS! I was devastated!
Having a peanut allergy also means that I always have to read labels to look for peanut ingredients. I can’t just grab something and eat it without checking first. I have now learned to look and to be careful. Another thing I have to do different since I have my allergy is that I have to sit at a separate table in the cafeteria at school that is peanut-free during lunch. There are only two kids in total at the table so sometimes I feel left out from the rest of the kids. But the good thing is that I have become really good friends with the other person that has the peanut allergy. Now we have a lot of fun together at lunch.
I have learned to accept this difference and how it makes me special. Now that I have larned the foods I can and can’t have this peanut allergy really doesn’t affect me since I always know what to do. Now it is not a big deal since I have grown into my allergy. For example, at parties I cannot eat the cake still but it doesn’t bother me anymore because U get to enjoy all the other things besides the food and still have fun. As you can see, I have learned to live with this allergy.
Having a peanut allergy makes me unique, however, I still feel good about myself. It makes me different than other kids but I have learned to accept it. If I could give advice to someone with this allergy I would tell him or her to stay calm and not to worry too much. As long as you reach labels and are careful what you eat you will be ok. I have had this my whole life and I wouldn’t change a thing.