Accepting the fact that you have to live with food allergies until you outgrow them or a cure has been developed can be very hard. I know I have struggled with it, along with many others, and you are not alone. In this article, I’ll share my best tips for accepting your food allergies as a part of you, but not the defining aspect of you.
The best thing you can do is be PROUD of who your food allergies have made you. Know that they don’t define you, but they have helped shape you into the person you are today. You have become more confident, brave, and resilient because of your food allergies. These are many traits that most people don’t gain until they are older, so feel lucky that you already have them this young! You are a better person because of your food allergies.
OWN your allergies. It doesn’t matter what others say or think about them. They are a part of you, and you are proud of them. Don’t let what others say change that. Focus on the people that care for you and love you for who you are.
Something else that may help you is to look at the things or people in your life you would not have if it weren’t for your allergies. Maybe that is a friend, a support group, or even something important you have learned. For me, this is all of the friends I have made and the special bonds I have with them. There’s nothing better than being around others who understand you, to whom you don’t have to explain anything, and I hope this magazine makes you feel that way!
Allergies are tough, but so are you. By accepting them, you will live a full, happy life, just with a few extra things to think about. No matter what happens, always remember that you are smarter, braver, and a better person overall because of your food allergies.