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Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network College Scholarship Essay Contest
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Amount $9,000
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Application Deadline 1-Mar
Requirements Essay
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Number of awards granted each year 6
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Location of School United States
Residency U.S. citizen
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Organization: Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
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Website: www.foodallergy.org


 
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Reviewed By : Marlea Clark    Date : 2017-11-27 12:16:51
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It all started on January 18th of 2017, when I was 16. Before then I had lived a
normal life of a teenager, playing sports, hanging out with friends, going out
to eat, and attending high school. But then.. I became extremely ill. My mother
and I thought it was just a stomach virus however, it lasted for weeks. We went
to doctors upon doctors, trying to figure out what was wrong with me and why I
couldn’t eat anything. Weeks became months, and I had to eventually be put on
homebound, I couldn’t attend school anymore. I was getting called names
because every time I ate anything at all, I would puke everything back up.
I’ve lost over 30 pounds and I’m still continuing to lose weight. I stopped
being able to hang out with friends, I couldn’t play lacrosse anymore because
I was too fragile, and I couldn’t even go out to eat with my family. Finally
in March, we were able to find a doctor that actually knew where to begin. Even
though to get to him was an hour long drive, it was worth it. I had my first
endoscopy, and they found over 100 eosinophils in my esophagus. My doctor
diagnosed me with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE), a disease that’s caused by
an allergic reaction, which makes my body see food as a parasite and attack it.
My doctor was terrified he put me on a steroid that I had to spray on my tongue
and swallow called Flovent. However, even though it worked on most of his
patients, it didn’t work on me, it caused me to get thrush on top of
everything I was already going through. A month after the Flovent didn’t work,
he put me on another one called Budesonide. I was to squeeze it inside of
something sweet and drink it. However, that also didn’t work, and it caused my
face to swell. My doctor had no idea what else to do, so now I’m being sent to
the Children’s Hospital in Columbus. On December 18, I get to meet my new
doctors who specialize in EOE. This illness is ridiculously tiring, which causes
me to stay weak. Although I am physically weak, I stay mentally strong by
forcing myself to do well in school and challenging myself in academic ways. I
may not be able to be a normal teenager anymore, but I’ve learned that I
don’t need to be. I have been able to put myself into my school work and
accomplished a lot this past year, considering I’ve been so sick. I just wish
that I wasn’t allergic to anything so that my life could go back to the way it
used to be, but I know that won’t be able to happen. However, I have made a
goal to get better, attend Marshall University in the fall , and become a Crime
Scene Investigator after receiving my bachelors degree.

Reviewed By : Morgen Zwicharowski    Date : 2017-08-16 07:19:40
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I'm Just going to get to the point. I developed Food Allergies when I was 2
years old. I became allergic to dairy, eggs, and deathly allergic to peanuts. I
remember my mother telling me that when I was a toddler, I was with some
babysitter and she was making bird feeders made out of pinecones and seeds...
and peanut butter. Long story short I got the tiniest dot on my finger and
rubbed my eye. It was swollen shut for a a week. I remember in fifth grade
sitting at a lunch table not knowing that there was peanut residue on the table
that literally was so tiny that a naked eye wouldn't have found it. I put my
hand on my face after randomly touching the table I was sitting at. A half an
hour later my one side of my face was swollen and covered in huge blisters. I
walked down the hallway of my school to get my things to go home. I remember
anyone who saw me gasped. The kids looked at me like I was some sort of monster.
I felt like a freak. When I transitioned into middleschool it was the first time
I had to ride the school bus and my mother was worried about if there were kids
eating stuff I was allergic to. The shook district said I can be put on a
special needs bus. I didn't want that. All I wanted to be was normal like all of
the other kids. So I went on the normal bus anyway. And it wasn't that bad. I
remember my first job. It was a fast food chain and they cooked everything in
peanut oil. My mother would get nightmares of me dying because of the peanut oil
there. But I still managed to push beyond the barrier and work there anyway. I
survived a whole year there. And now I'm a senior in high school. My whole life
was really hard. Dealing with way too many allergy attacks to count for. And
every time I had one, it terrifies me just the same. Because what people don't
understand is my life is always in jeopardy with food and anything near it. I
can't just go out to eat with my friends like a normal person to just Any
restaurant. I can't just spend the night, either at a friends house or a week
long summer camp, without packing my whole kitchen with me. I can't just order
food. I can't just kiss someone who had something with dairy egg or peanut in
it. There's been a lot of limitations on my life. But I try my hardest to never,
ever let it overcome me. I try to live life to the fullest every day until I
die. And I intend it to stay that way.

 
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