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Bright Lights

by Kathleen, age 17. Allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and soy.

I worked on the publicity committee for the first local FAAN Walk in 2006. The week following the walk, I was interviewed for the regional morning show, along with an allergist. I remember how excited I was in the studio – it was so cool to see all the blinking monitors and other equipment. The room where the morning show was being filmed was full of cameras, wires, and lights.

In the center of the room was the big desk where the anchors sat, with a picture of the town as the background. The allergist and I sat on two stools in a corner of the room. We watched the weatherman talk about the weather in front of a green screen. One of the technicians attached a tiny microphone on a cord to each of us. The lights shone brightly in our faces, and my heart raced with nerves and excitement.

The anchor who would be interviewing us sat down next to us and introduced herself. A minute or so later, the camera focused on us and started filming. I can’t remember exactly what was asked or what I said – I remember talking briefly about what I was allergic to and how I had to carry epinephrine with me everywhere. I wasn’t nervous as I started talking; I tried to sit up straight, enunciate clearly, and smile. It was over before I knew it. The technician helped take off my microphone, and then we left the studio.

Later that day, the clip of my interview was posted on the morning show’s website. All in all, it was a very exciting and new experience. This year, I’m the Teen Ambassador for the Walk, and I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to be interviewed in some way again.
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