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Fanny packs and teens

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I am a 11 year old girl, going into 6th grade. i have a life threatening peanut and tree nut allergy. Now pretty much everything is about fashion and looking good. I want to be able to do that but i just cant with a fanny pack around my waist. When I wear it to school kids come up to me and ask "do u have diabetes?". And stuff like that. Do u have any advice for me?

By hannah banna on Aug 31, 2014

thank you. I have had a peanut allergy my whole life and am not even close to growing out of it. hope all goes well during school and such, and hopefully everyone is considerate to your daughter. thank you

By Fuji Mama on Aug 31, 2014

My daughter(14 in 2 weeks!) was just recently diagnosed this summer and we've come across this problem too! She found a really cute purse with a front pocket on it that fits her epi-pens perfectly! It has a long strap so she can where it across her body. That's what she uses when going out with friends etc. Now that school has started she has placed them in the front pocket of her backpack. Her teachers, school staff, closest friends and cheer squad all know where they are just in case. Other than that, we haven't found a perfect solution, but we are new to this! Hoping others have some really good ideas!

By GrownUpLaurenMom on Aug 31, 2014

My daughter was given a wristlet (maybe Coach) that fits her epi-pens perfectly and we got from Sears a small 'charm' for lack of a better word, and attached it to where the wristlet-loop (the part that goes around your wrist attaches to the purse). We did this as kind of a sign for 'My Epi-Pens are in here' kind of thing.

By hannah banna on Sep 10, 2014

Thanks for the advice:)

By Mrsdocrse on Sep 2, 2014

Hi There

You might try a little make-up bag. Most of them have a zipper and they also have ones that have a wrist strap that you could hook onto a back pack. Some of those little pouches have a place for your phone too!

Good luck!

My son is 14 and it is really difficult for a boy to carry his with out anyone knowing! Great options are out there for girls!

By smithdcrk on Sep 12, 2014

Here is one my daughter wears at sports events to carry an AUVIq and a cell phone (Hers is lime green). This can work for all genders.


It fits flush to your waist (runners are slim!) and is so invisible that her coach never noticed she was "packing." For a waist hugging shirt not so invisible!

Here is a story that inspired us. http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicaprobus/miss-america-contestant-becomes-a-facebook-hero-for-wearing

Like the diabetes pump, an EPI pen is a statement piece. “In the diabetes community, we use the visibility of our devices as a badge of courage and a connector. There is a pride in successfully managing the condition and surviving.”

Rock the Pen! Good Luck at School!