I am JJ: Tell me something about food allergies

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  • “Understanding leads to empathy. Empathy leads to growth.”
  • “Understanding leads to empathy. Empathy leads to growth.”
  • “Understanding leads to empathy. Empathy leads to growth.”

I’ve been saying this phrase a lot lately. It’s why food allergy awareness month is so important to me.

People fear what they don’t understand. They make fun of what they don’t understand. They dismiss what they don’t understand.  So we must make them understand. Once someone understands, they will care. Once someone cares, they will grow.

  • “Understanding leads to empathy. Empathy leads to growth.”
  • “Understanding leads to empathy. Empathy leads to growth.”
  • “Understanding leads to empathy. Empathy leads to growth.”

So, here is my question to all the food allergy parents and advocates out there. You meet someone at the coffee shop or on the subway or in line at the grocery store and they ask you, “What’s the one thing I need to understand about food allergies?” What would you say? Let’s equip our young people and our parents and our advocates with facts so that they can answer in such a way that moves our mission forward for all of us. 

 

JJ Vulopas is a rising 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 the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at www.thelandofcan.com and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.