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In Honor of Friendship

“When I find myself fading, I close my eyes and realize my friends are my energy.”

Is there anything better in life than friendship? True friends are always there to pick us up when we are feeling down, to support all our efforts, and to love us for who we are.

In honor of the special bond that two people can share, we thought you might like to hear from teens who describe how their friends have helped them manage their food allergies. We’d love to hear about your friends, too! Tell us about them!

“My friends write notes on party invitations not to bring food with nuts in it because of me.”
~Cassie, age 19. Allergic to tree nuts.

“Some of my closer friends have become as cautious as I am. They will double-check with the waitresses/waiters just to be sure my food is safe, reread labels, etc. I feel honored that they care enough about me to join my world of reading, checking, and rechecking.”
~Danielle, age 17. Allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.

“My best friend visits FAAN’s Web site a few times a month trying to figure out new ways to help me.”
~Chelsea, age 17. Allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs.

“When my first soccer season came to an end, it was time to celebrate. What better place for a group of rowdy kids than the pizza eatery? There was just one slight problem—I couldn’t eat the pizza. I was allergic to the real thing, so my parents made me a homemade imitation so that I could enjoy the party. I sat in the corner and moped. My best friend came over to sit with me, and he asked if he could try a piece of my pizza. He took a bite and told me that my pizza was just as good as the other pizza. It made me feel better. To this day, that is one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.”
~Dustin, age 21. Allergic to wheat, eggs, and soy.

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