Allergy Talk With Mom & Dad: 'Did you choose my friends based on my allergy?'

Awesome photo by Robert Collins

Awesome photo by Robert Collins

This post originally appeared in June.

Each Saturday, I phone home, and my parents and I have a brief but honest podcast discussion about the challenges of raising a child with an allergy. I’ve never really talked to my parents about the challenges they had raising me. I’m eager to find things out. Maybe their experiences might help someone else, too.

This week, I ask my parents if they tried to pick my friends when I was younger based on how they responded to my food allergy. 

Duration: 2:28


JJ Vulopas is a senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of a children's book for kids with food allergies, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @thelandofcan.