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by Cathy Beardmore of Rockwood, Ontario


He was born on Christmas day without a flaw.
Out came Ben with hair the color of straw!!
Up to the cottage we would go.
To feed the chipmunks, don't you know!
Down the laneway Ben would head....
An action we soon learned to dread.
A tiny fistful of peanuts to feed the chipmunks down their
hole.
Who would have thought this action could take it's toll.
Suddenly hives appeared on his chin.
A slight touch of his fist took away his grin.
Our lives all changed that day.
Many of our eating habits had to be kept at bay.
Now ten years have gone by.....
I cannot lie.
We have a beautiful boy who can't eat nuts.
So what's!!
We teach him all the time to be careful with what he eats.
And as his mom I pray that through life with all the people
that he meets....
They will follow suit.
And he'll live a long and healthy life to boot!!

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A Beautiful Day

by William Lacewell Jr. of Wilmington, N.C.


It's such a beautiful day
But I must enjoy it by looking out of my window
The pollen causes my eyes to become red
My nose runs on it's own schedule

The grass is green and about two inches high
The trees show off their greenery and various colors
Every now and then a slight breeze will blow
Which causes the trees to sway back and forth

The houses with their white picket fence
Look barren and secluded to the naked eye
There are no cars in the area at all
There are no signs of movement from animal nor man

It is peaceful,quiet,colorful,and, serene
You can enjoy the peace and contentment
In the air as you sit and watch nature in bloom
It's such a beautiful day

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A lesson learned

by Jennifer Vanderwoude of Ottawa



The test it came
That fateful day
That changes you
In every way

I thought at first
They must be wrong
But I found out quick
It didn’t take long

The food that night
Tasted good indeed
Two hours after
I was a girl in need

I didn’t have an EpiPen
It wasn’t cool at the time
The one thing I learned
A reaction is not kind

To the hospital I went
Full blown anaphylaxis in me
I will never forget
What they and I did see

So quick it came
So quick it went
A lesson learned
A life was earned

Forever I will bring
My EpiPen with me
It saved my life I know
And it’s cool and fun to show

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by Charlotte Stockford of 108 Mile Ranch, B.C.


be

annoyed
mad
enraged
fed up
embarrassed

I will not stop

be

fourteen
rude
mean
whiny
assertive

and still…

I will not stop
slow down
give up
be disheartened
be discouraged

or ever quit telling you to

pack your meds
read the labels
and advise your friends

because I want to be sure
that when I’m not here

you will not stop
slow down
give up
be disheartened
be discouraged

or ever quit telling yourself to

pack your meds
read the labels
and advise your friends

because I want to be sure
that when I’m not here

you will have the chance to live your life

- all of it –

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:10 pm 
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FINALLY FREE

by Claire Kenney of Sugar Land, Texas


My friend, I thank you
For understanding my need,
To not eat the food that poisons me.

Dear Mom, I wonder
How I endured twenty years,
Of unexplained pain and anxious tears.

Oh Love, I need you
To accept me as I am,
For I have just learned to live again.

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Our son

by Bobby Green of Toronto


Our son is allergic to nuts
Touch them and his throat shuts
So we ward then off
With all our might
Still they pop up like bruises and cuts

Our son is allergic to egg
Free the world of them, we beg
Bacon and toast are just as good
And so is a chicken’s leg

Our son is allergic to dairy
The biggest burden to carry
Pizza and mac are not our friends
And cold creams are just as scary

Our son is allergic soy
You can only imagine the joy
Without nuts, egg and dairy
Mealtime gets a bit hairy
For our perfect little baby boy

Our son is allergic to wheat
Which leaves little for him to eat
He doesn’t complain
We’re not to blame
But thank god the kid loves meat

Our son is allergic to bees
He’s also allergic to trees
Like the foods he can’t eat
Every day is a feat
With allergies as real as these

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My daughter. My hero.

by June Davidson of Halifax, N.S.


Sweet 16!
Dinner out.
Vegetarian entree; organic chocolate pie.

Undeclared nut.

It strikes precisely. Immediate. With lethal force.
"My stomach! My lips! My throat!"

Fear rises.
Hands shake.
Epi-pen. Self-inject.
911. Ambulance sirens.

Adrenaline. IV. Oxygen. Heart rate.

Fear. Stay calm. Fear. Don't panic. Fear.
Fight the tears. Dear god, let her live.

Minutes pass. A weak smile.
Hours pass. She sleeps, exhausted.

I cry. Curse the allergy. Thank god for my girl.
Whisper to her once more, "You're my hero."

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Aftermath

by Catherine Nagy of Caistor Centre, Ontario


A diagnosis
He is peanut allergic
And yet, there is hope

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Allergy Relief

by William Lacewell Jr. of Wilmington, N.C.


As I travel the countryside,
I am captivated by the wonders I see.
The beauty of the wild flowers
Growing freely in the fields.

The various mixture of colors
Of the leaves of many different trees.
Watching the wind dancing
Through the trees and wheat fields.

Watching the animals run through the forest
As if playing a game of tag.
Watching the feeling of freedom
Being displayed before my very own eyes.

As I walk through the forest,
I enjoy closing my eyes and breathing in the clean air.
The beauty feeling my sinus clear up
Are both captivating and soothing.

At night, the trees seem to be
A silhouette against the sky and the stars.
There is peace and solitude
In the dark of night.

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For Your Life

by Gale Burridge of Winnipeg


It all began very subtly
My throat began to itch on a drive in the country
Who would have known that I could soon meet my demise
In a few minutes I could barely see out of my eyes

I could not relax
My heart began thumping and I felt like jumping'
Out of my own skin that was covered in great big red hives
I thought, "Should I stop or commence on my drive"?

My 3 offspring were with me as well as my Mom
To make them be worried would surely be dumb
I got out of the van and proceeded to pace
I wished it would stop but my heart was winning the race

All I could think of was the safety my husband would provide
So I got in the car and continued to drive
To his work so that if I collapsed and went into a coma
My children would have their father to take them back home

This was my first anaphylactic reaction you see
I paced and I sweat and I could not breathe
The hives on my body the size of footballs
The staff at Tim's office began making the calls

The paramedics dispatched and all should be well
But all I could think of "Will I go to Hell?'
I said a quick prayer before everything went dark
They all hoped that there might be a spark

Of life left in me

I woke with a start in the ER
The nurse said "What did you eat, did you have a nut bar?"
No, I explained, I'd had nothing to eat just some meds that the doctor
had prescribed one day before

I soon became acquainted with an EpiPen
I will never go anywhere without it again
I'm so glad to be here, brought back from the brink
So thrilled to be able to love, see, and think

So if ever you think that somethings not right
Don't wait like I did
Get immediate advice
From your doctor, a hospital, who ever will fight

For Your Life

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Allergic Amanda

by Jane Etherington of Kingston, Ontario


Amanda O’Reilly is in the sixth grade;
She wears her long hair in a single long braid.
She doesn’t wear perfume, she hates flowers and bees;
She doesn’t like camping, or kittens, or trees.

She doesn’t eat yogurt, or omelettes, or beans,
And to tell you the truth, she never eats greens!
She doesn’t eat shellfish, or cherries, or nuts;
She doesn’t eat bread - well, at least not that much….

Amanda O’Reilly is predictably lean,
'Cause she doesn’t eat stuff that has stuff in-between:
Sandwiches, layer cakes, lasagna with cheese…
These are just some of her least favorite things.

“Are you lactose intolerant?” the principal asks;
“Do certain foods seem to give you a rash?”
“Do you have trouble breathing? Is your stomach O.K.?”
“Are you itchy, or tingly, or swollen today?”

Amanda O’Reilly just gives a big sigh,
'Cause everyone always just wants to know “Why?”:
“Why don’t you eat seafood?”
“Why don’t you have pets?”
Maybe one day they’ll give it a rest.
It’s not that Amanda’s allergic, you see...
It’s just that she tends to be very picky!

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Nuttin’ Worse

by Nancy Lockhart of Fenwick, Ontario


I’m familiar with anaphylaxis
It spun our son’s world on its axis
He’s allergic to nuts
And, no “ifs, ands or buts”
His vigilance never relaxes.

All tree nuts have deadly effects
And peanuts his body rejects
But try as he may
To avoid these each day
They’re present where no-one suspects.

As dating begins, risks can rise
Mere kissing could cause his demise
And the lotions, shampoos,
Even foot scrubs she’ll use
“May contain” tree nut parts in disguise.

The stigma is tough for a teen
Many times his discomfort we’ve seen
There’s desire to fit in
But great caution must win
He’s our hero—and only sixteen!

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One Little Taste

by Dacia Reid of Victoria


You stand there in front of me holding a plate full of things deliciously sweet
But sprinkled on top, too many to count, are the peanuts that I cannot eat.
"Go ahead, have one, I made them myself so I could share them with you"
I’m thankful I’m faced with one more chance to teach about what not to do...

"Don’t worry they’re diet” you laughingly joke, refusing would be “such a waste"
My mind races back and I think of the others that died for "one little taste."
I politely refuse and say without shame, "Sorry I’m allergic to nuts."
"Pick the nuts off and then it won’t matter and I don’t want to hear you say but!"

Anger is rising but I swallow it down and look at you straight and say,
"I can’t have a taste, I can’t have a bite, so kindly just take them away.
To pick them off won’t help as they’ve already touched making it deadly for me.
I know you mean well but your kindness will kill and I wonder why can’t you see?"

I’m sorry but no, I can’t pick them all off and I can’t have one little bite.
My breathing would slow and certainly stop as my throat gets increasingly tight.
I know you mean well and you are just being kind, ignorance here is not bliss.
Have you any idea the reaction I have, my death could come with a kiss.

For those of you out there who eat what you want and only must think of the fat.
You are blessed to not worry for reasons of food where your children are at.
Have you taught them enough, did you stress it enough, will they know what to do?
For every bite they take when out of your sight could mean a dark night for you.

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My Allergic Life!

by Natalie Briand


Ever since the beginning, the day I was born, I’ve had multiple allergies in some shape or form,
My mother washed curtains, and scoured floors, to rid the house of dust mites and mouldy spoors.
With allergy’s ever changing face, dust is no longer a problem, my house a disgrace!

Every month from age two to sixteen, I coughed and sniffed with a bad cold.
She’s allergic to stress, dust and the full moon, said a perplexed doctor of old!
Though otherwise in perfect health, in pre-medicare days, it was no age of wealth,
They filled me with penicillin, vanilla , chocolate, all medication full of mould.
When they gave me penicillin at age thirty-five, lips swollen I turned into a great big hive!

Exams at school were always a treat, with allergy symptoms imitating a cold,
Loaded with Kleenex, cough drops and antihistamines just so I could breathe.
The exams are a fog and though hard to believe, I always made the honour roll!
If not for my allergies what could I have done more, well there is just no point in my being sore!
When it came time to pick the family pet, a hypoallergenic dog was the best bet!
My family ate pizza and chinese, I had safe leftovers if you please!

In my thirties I began to get hives, no one knew why, though they continued to thrive.
Allergists, dermatologists and all the other ists, just could not find the source of my itch!
One said I was allergic to thirty-two foods, the other one said it was simply my moods!
Antihistamines, acupuncture, diet and voodoo, it was an exhausting stream of to do!
I went to a flick feeling kind of sick, my tongue started to swell, should we go to emerg said my husband, you don’t look well?
Nah, the benadryl will reverse the trend, I certainly don’t want to miss the end!

The culprit was chicken, we think it was feed filled with penicillin,
It was at that point I became friends with an epipen!
At a family Christmas dinner I started to itch, I said what a great soup, what was in it?
My parents looked at each other in alarm, it was a broth from a chicken not from a free run farm!
My husband asked, should we go to Emerg? Nah the Benadryl will do just the purge.
I won’t let the allergies run my life, keeping good judgment as to the degree of my strife.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not always this upbeat, cause living with allergies is no treat!
In spite of all this and more, it’s been an active, productive life!
I hope for my husband I’ve been a good wife, as he changes his foods to suit allergy’s mood.
His support and patience has been a source of strength, he certainly is in it for the length.
Now in my forties with a great medical team, a naturopath, a doctor, an acupuncturist, a therapist- is this the start of one of those jokes?
We work day to day to work it all out, and it is sure fun to give my allergies a poke!

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