The dangers teens and older people face with food allergies are not well-documented. Deaths from kissing or intimacy are not often portrayed by media, but when they are, people wonder if they're really true and if it really can happen.
About eight years ago I was going from audition to audition, trying out for Broadway plays and films. I was not new to the audition scene; in my teens, I was auditioning for Broadway musicals and recording contracts while taking singing lessons. In 1996 I was cast on Amateur Night at Showtime at the Apollo and sang, "I Will Always Love You." Fast forward eight years and I landed extra work in an Indian music video, appeared as an extra in urban feature film and appeared as an extra in a Bollywood movie. Soon after, to my shock (since I believe I am the world’s worst actress) I nabbed the female lead in a short romantic film. My leading man happened to also be the director.
The verdict was that he would drive me home and if I felt the wheezing start up again or other symptoms of anaphylactic shock, he would drive me to the hospital.
Ironically, in my bedroom drawer in Long Island, I knew I had Prednisone sitting there in case of a severe reaction, along with my Epi-Pen.
I never saw that movie and don't care to; it was a bad dream and a hard lesson. He never sent it to me.
And to think, this was actually the mildest of the few worst allergy-related experiences of my life.
This topic on dating with food allergies is rarely discussed and is a prominent part of any food allergy sufferers life. I hope with my story, you will see not only how dangerous innocent 'puppy love' can become but all the psychological ramifications and topics that this brings up. It brings up the factor of trust and how quickly you learn how much people care or not. It brings up deep-rooted fears in the person with food allergies and anxiety that not many people understand. The fears and anxieties of dating with food allergies are not issues the average person deals with and very few will 'put up' with but in the end, tell you the truth about people and what true love really is.
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