Anaphylaxis Campaign

I’ve wanted to raise money for a charity for the longest time. It wasn’t until reading Tara’s post that I got inspired! There are two charities that are close to my heart: Alopecia UK and Anaphylaxis Campaign.

This year, I’ve pledged to raise money for both charities! I have yet to decide how I want to raise money for Alopecia UK, but I will keep you all updated!

However… in September 2017, I will be trekking 26.2 miles around London to raise money, support and awareness for The Anaphylaxis Campaign.

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WHAT IS ANAPHYLAXIS?

“Anaphylaxis” (pronounced anna-fill-ax-is) is used to describe to describe an extreme and severe allergic reaction. The whole body is affected, often within minutes of exposure to the substance which triggers the allergic reaction (called the allergy trigger or allergen), though sometimes it may be after a few hours.

I got diagnosed with a nut allergy, alongside other foods, when I was a child. I don’t ever remember not carrying allergy tablets or my EpiPen. Throughout my life, I have suffered from allergic reactions due to a mix up of spoons with dishes that contain nuts or being giving food by someone who didn’t know I had a nut allergy. Ending up in the hospital is the worst feeling in the world.

I remember often minimising the problem with friends instead of actually teaching them. Teaching the people who are in your life day-to-day on how to handle an anaphylactic situation is important. How to spot the signs, how to use an EpiPen, what to do, etc.

It is important that people know how life threatening these allergic reactions are to a person. As they say: knowledge is power.

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The grading for this walk is tough, and in my head, I’m thinking 26.2 miles is nothing! We’ll see come September, huh? In the meantime, you’ll see me hitting the gym and walking around my local area in an attempt to get fit.

*starts playing Rocky theme tune*

9 Comments

  1. April 23, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know about anaphylaxis before! I knew about allergic reactions, of course, because I know quite a lot of people who have had them, but I didn’t know it could get this severe too.

    You’re right when you say that the people around you should be the first ones to be educated about these things, and then when they know about it they will eventually teach other people as well. It’s amazing that you’re trekking for a cause that’s meaningful to you and I wish you all the best! 🙂

  2. April 23, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    What an amazing thing to do! 26.2 miles is so far; I think it’s an achievement when I’ve hit my 5000 steps a day target, haha!

    I didn’t know you had a nut allergy. I imagine that must be such a challenge for you, especially when travelling.

    I’ve made a donation on your Just Giving page because I think it’s such a great cause (plus I know you’ll nail the challenge!).

  3. April 24, 2017 / 4:59 am

    I’m excited that you’re taking the initiative to raise awareness and money for some good causes. Good luck with doing 26.2 miles! It’s definitely possible and I am rooting for you from LA!

    It’s a bad feeling when you have ended up at the hospital because of consuming something you’re not supposed to :I. It’s good to educate people about allergic reactions – it can be life threatening if action is not taken in a timely manner.

    Your girl’s got your back ;). Go own that journey!

  4. April 24, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    Wow, this is amazing! Good luck on getting fit! That’s a LOT of walking (or running, if you can do that during the duration too), but it’s definitely worth it. I’m glad you’re walking for something that means a lot to you. It’ll make it more rewarding and give you more motivation. 🙂

    I once had a friend that was allergic to practically EVERYTHING. She couldn’t have any dairy, nuts, a lot of processed foods… It sucked during elementary school because that’s when all of the kids are sharing foods and eating crappy school lunches, so she was stuck with, like, vegetables, and we couldn’t ever share our food with her, so I think she felt left out sometimes. Weirdly enough, as she got older her allergies lessened and some completely disappeared! She can have dairy now without any issues, and she’s only sensitive to certain nuts in certain amounts.

    I’m one of the lucky people that isn’t allergic to anything (that I know of at the moment). I’m so thankful for that because I’d hate having to keep an EpiPen with me at all time and constantly worry about foods touching. We recently started carrying almond and coconut milk at the Starbucks in my workplace and it’s stressful for them to keep the milks separate. People won’t tell you if they have a nut allergy, so the baristas have to be extra careful about not mixing the different milks!

    Good luck with all of this! I’m sure you’ll raise plenty of money and have a wonderful time. <3

  5. April 25, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Allergic reactions can be awful. I know my mom suffers from a few. Though I don’t think she ever had it bad enough that she had to go to the hospital. I know she’s allergic to nuts, shellfish, and eggs. Eggs hits her the most because eggs are in EVERYTHING. She misses cake. She used to be able to eat it anyway, but now it bothers her more.

    But its awesome you’re trying to do charity work! Good luck!

  6. April 26, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I am so proud of you for fundraising for charities that are close to your heart! I fully support and believe in you 💖
    I didn’t know about Anaphylaxis before but thank you for spreading awareness! I didn’t even know about EpiPen until a few years ago when I read The Raven Cycle series. I don’t think one can find it here in PH.
    Good luck on trekking 26.2 miles! Will be supporting you all the way from Philippines 😊

  7. April 30, 2017 / 4:33 am

    I think that’s great that you’re supporting charities that mean a lot to you 🙂 That must be scary to have a severe allergic reaction like that. It’s good that you’re raising awareness, and I agree that it’s a good idea to teach people in your life how to handle these situations. I’m sure they’d want to help in any way they can if you needed it!

    Congrats on reaching your goal, by the way! I just added my donation!

  8. May 2, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    I am so honoured that my post has inspired you! I think what you’re doing here is great. You chose two charities that are close to your heart, and I am loving your dedication. Good luck with trekking 26.2 miles. That’s a lot!

    I know what anaphylaxis is. Due to my work, I was also trained to know how to work an Epi-pen in case of emergencies. I don’t have severe allergies myself, but I remember my dad being hospitalised one day because he’d developed shellfish allergy. That was my first exposure to how severe allergies can be.

    I think it’s good to teach your friends and anyone about your allergy issues. As for myself, I want to know if my friends had severe allergies or asthma, just so I’m aware it exists and can know what to spot and how I can help. Don’t ever sugarcoat issues like these, especially since they are life-threatening!

  9. Georgie
    April 19, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    I know you’ve already gone through with this and I’m leaving this comment ten thousand years later. But I admire you for doing this – it brings a tear to my eye every time someone raises awareness for something that is close to their heart. I don’t know first hand what being anaphylactic is like to live with, but Nick is – and I’ve learned from that.

    I think it’s important to educate people on these kinds of issues. I think that even though I care about Nick very much, we worked on minimising the problem but it didn’t completely help me understand it. I did a first aid course this week and it was only then that I fully realised what anaphylaxis actually is. I think educating people definitely prevents any misconceptions and helps people truly understand the problem – and how serious it is.

    26.2 miles sounds really long to me 😭 But all for a good cause ❤️❤️

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