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Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2008 - 9:58am
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My name is Kate. I'm a 20 year old college student and have had a peanut allergy since i was two years old. I would love to give advice to anyone who is new to the allergy or looking for advice because i have been dealing with it for my whole life. I am also looking to learn more about what is safe and not, as things are constantly changing.

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2008 - 1:06pm
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WELCOME Kate! So happy to have you here and I bet you will be a wonderful source of information for many of us. A lot of us here have children with pna (peanut allergy) and it is nice to hear some viewpoints from someone who has been-there-done-that. Welcome! :-)

Posted on: Tue, 10/14/2008 - 7:31am
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Hey Kate,
I'm also a 20 year old college student. I was diagnosed my freshman year of college, so having PA and TNA is still relatively new to me. My family is not the most supportive when it comes to my allergy. Actually, my fiance and his family have been more supportive. Do you have any advice on how I can talk to my family about it.

Posted on: Wed, 10/15/2008 - 9:30am
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Because I have grown up with the allergy, I might not be too helpful on this one, But i know that when I first talk about it to a lot of people they think that I will be fine as long as I don't eat a peanut which is not the case. Maybe if you give them more information on reactions so that they understand how severe the allergy can be and show them some labels on food of "May contains" so they know what to watch out for. I think that the main thing that people who are not allergic don't understand is how severe it can be and the many ways that you can have a reaction.

Posted on: Thu, 10/16/2008 - 8:27am
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Thanks. They're biggest problem is that it will inconvenience my two younger sisters who both LOVE PB&J! I will try that the next time I am home.

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2008 - 3:33am
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my younger sister also loves peanut butter. So when i am at school they have it in the house but when I come home they put everything in one cabinet so that I know not to go in it or eat anything in that cabinet. Also if anyone eats anything with peanuts they wash their dishes right away and also their hands because I will have a reaction from touching them, I don't know how serious your allergy is so this may not be an issue but I hope this helps!

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2008 - 4:56am
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Triple whammy... I'll react to ingestion, contact, and airborne. My family keeps the PB&J in a cabinet that I never go into, but they always just toss the PB knife in the sink and leave it. I always do the dishes when I'm home and almost picked up a PB covered knife (it was covered by other dishes). My family also never washes their hands after. I'm terrified of touching anything when I go home for fear of nut residue.
Thanks, its nice to know that there is another 20 year old college student on here. :-D

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2008 - 6:37am
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Oh yeah. I don't react to airbone but the other two are really bad for me. I guess you just really need to get across that they have to be as careful as they can around you. It will take some time but hopefully they can learn to help you out. I see youre in Virginia! me too where do you go to school?

Posted on: Sat, 10/18/2008 - 3:35am
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James Madison University. You?

Posted on: Wed, 10/22/2008 - 11:16am
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I go to Virgina Tech.

Posted on: Wed, 10/22/2008 - 2:44pm
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Nice...I have a bunch of friends that go to VT and Radford.

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