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I Don’t Define My Son by His Allergies

When my son, Julian, was first diagnosed with an allergy to peanut the summer before starting kindergarten, I was devastated. I felt overwhelmed by the prospect of losing him to a lowly peanut. For months, I walked around looking like a deer in the headlights, my face fixed with that ‘ohmygawd’ expression. Danger seemed to […]

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My Outlaw In-law

Even my own brother-in-law does not have an auto-injector despite his many food allergies, including peanuts and tree nuts. The first time he got one was when he began dating my sister in 1989. She said: “You have to have an EpiPen.” Today, Sean Randall, a 43-year-old artist, thinks it’s in a drawer somewhere. I […]

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The Food Allergy Deniers

As a magazine writer, Chris Koentges eats, drinks and travels for a living. The 31-year-old Calgary resident has what most people would consider a dream assignment: he samples delicious foods in fabulous resorts and exotic locales. Then he finds the right words to describe to his readers what he eats and what he sees. There’s just […]

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