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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:05 pm 
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Here are the Honorable Mentions in the teen category.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:51 pm 
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Worst Night of My Life

by Kristen R., 14, of Gloucester, Ontario

Asthma and allergies are really crazy,
The memories are not,
At all hazy,
There's one in my head,
From about 10 years ago,
I was being watched,
And it went down real slow,
Then I started itchin'
My throat started closin' in,
I was really scared,
Didn't know what was going on there,
After the needle was in my leg, we called 911,
Before I knew it, it was all done,
Was my first time in an ambulance,
Felt like I was in some kind of trance,
I didn't know what was going on,
All I know was it felt really long,
I just wanted it over, and needed it to end,
I never thought I'd be able to mend,
But when it was over I didn't cry, sigh or weep,
I just went home, like normal, to sleep.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:55 pm 
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Ode To Be Allergy Aware

by Katie deG., 14, of Kamloops, B.C.

No one warned me. No one told me . . .
About the spraying of cologne in the school hallway.
One can of Axe changed my life – forever.

What should have been known then was not.
Step in here and meet MCS, which may or may not lead to my death.

I was sick for about a year before I was told –
You have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and will never be the same.

A chemical allergen is released by those around me . . .
in all that scented stuff.
It’s not something I can control – I’m at the mercy of others.

In the worst case, my throat will swell and I will turn blue,
Unless I get adrenaline, to stop the histamine,
As happened two summers ago, when freshly washed hair invaded my home.

Ding-dong went the door-bell – Kim stood there,
With her tools, only to smell of her freshly washed Joico hair.
She reeked. She stank. My nose clogged up. My throat felt tight.
Through our house to the back deck she went to cut my Mom’s hair,
While I laid back and felt my throat close, my tongue swell and my heart pound.

Within an hour after Kim left, we were hospital bound.
My limbs were numb. I was panting, heaving and . . . not BREATHING!
Just around the corner from our house, I said “I need my EpiPen”.

Off went that gray safety cap, and into my thigh did go,
An inch long needle I thought would hurt, but I didn't feel a thing . . .
I just wanted to breathe.

For us who are allergic to nuts, animals, plants, chemicals or have asthma,
We need to be valued, not shunned and told to live in isolation.
We want to live and enjoy life and we can . . . if others are allergy aware.

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