Should we fear being in public?

Posted on: Thu, 12/23/2010 - 1:09pm
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Joined: 10/13/2010 - 21:22

Okay, so to many of you, this will sound as an absurd fear...But recently, I was trying to enroll in a new school, which, predictably, was quite a lengthy process. Somewhere in the conversation, the school nurse mentioned to me that she would keep my allergy information...confidential. The fact that I had PA would be completely unbeknownst to any other students. At first I was curious as to why, but quickly came to the realization the people, as is obvious are ignorant...And that it might occour to one of these people, had they known about my life-threatening allergy, that they could use this to their advantage. I hadn't ever thought this way about my PA, since the many others I had had the pleasure to meet, were extremely, even overly sensitive on the issue. I have been lucky. I am completely baffled that my whole life, though consisting of some 13 years, I could have been so naive! I began to think about some extreme limitations I would have set on myself, before I had set off on my own life and ruled out some possibilites I had been considering for life-styles. I began to wonder; Is it really good to have light on PA, or could it draw some unwanted attention to PA sufferers. I had experienced some of this first hand, a few years ago...displaying just how cruel and self-serving some people tend to be. Maybe we should stop trying to make people try to "understand" the fear, the pain, the stress...But instead just deal woth our own problems as anything else; our own problem. It may be the best thing a PA sufferer has done for themselves. It should be a given that ANYONE, not just PA sufferers, have to know how to live independently. It's also a given that natural selection with eventually...take its course and maybe someday there won't be people who strive to alter narrow minds. And to end this ridiculously long thought, any and all PA sufferers who took the time to read this whole thing (THANK-YOU!!!), should look into hookworm infection!!! Just look up helminthic or hookworm therapy. Again thank-you to anyone who read this whole thing I wrote, mostly just venting out my thoughts, which were hopefully helpful to SOMEONE out there!

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