When I was young, my mother figured out that I was allergic to milk, and for the longest time that was the only allergy that we were aware of.
However, when I was in middle school I began getting sick every at least four days every month. It was horrible; throwing up, diarrhea, and stomach pains. Finally my mother decided to get me tested again for food allergies. By the end of 7th grade we received the test results and discovered I had an unbelievable amount of food allergies. Wheat, Gluten, milk, eggs, corn, soy, eggs, you name it.
Probably a month or two previous to my allergy test, my younger sister was tested, and she has more allergies then I have. We both have many chemical sensitivities as well, which always causes problems anywhere we go. My sister was forced to be home-schooled by my Mother, Debbie, because the chemicals in her school made her sick each time she came back, and would make her sick for three days.
When I received the allergy test results in early 2004, I was the most devastated to learn that was allergic to wheat and gluten. I was so disappointed...
After we left the Dr.'s office, we went out to eat at a fast food restaurant. I ordered a hamburger and fries, knowing that was the last time I would eat a hamburger the way everyone else does: and I was right. To this day I can only order hamburgers with "no bread, nothing on it, only lettuce." After that day, there was no more Oreo's and milk, no more pizza, no more junk food, and no more eating whatever was available.
When I have to inform people about my food allergies and how I can only eat meats, vegetables, fruit, and special allergy free foods, their first reaction is to say "ooh, I'm sorry..." However, I do not feel the need to be felt sorry for. I have a healthy diet, I lost weight, and I am definitely more fit then I was before my allergies. My life would be so different without food allergies, and I don't mean that in a bad way.
Going back to school was difficult at first because I had to pack a lunch that I was able to eat at school. My mom informed the school and I was able to warm my lunches up at the nurse's office. One time my friend had the nerve to make a joking comment about my lunch which hurt my feelings. You have to learn to stick up for yourself. They do not know what you have to go through. Stay positive, ignore the ignorant, and try your best to stay focused on the future. You are not alone-there are many children, teens, and adults that have food allergies and have to go through the same obstacles.