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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Don't let this mistake be your last



We asked Anaphylaxis Campaign Communications Assistant Issy, 23, to tell us why the Anaphylaxis Campaign's crowdfunding campaign for a short film is so important to her...

"I made some pretty stupid mistakes in my teenage years. Confessing my everlasting, undying love for Lewis Pearce aged 14 only to find out he didn’t exactly feel the same? Stupid mistake. Failing to revise for my French GCSE oral exam and subsequently telling my examiner my hobbies included horse riding in swimming pools? Stupid mistake. Applying to universities based on the boy to girl ratio? Stupid, stupid mistake. (It’s quality not quantity, clearly). 
These are all undoubtedly mistakes made under the skewed rational of an adolescent mind. Thankfully the worst outcome of these were red cheeks and worse than anticipated dating prospects. But what if my teenage mistakes had permanent or even fatal repercussions?

I see now that is the reality for young people with severe allergies at risk from anaphylaxis.

For anyone affected by anaphylaxis, your worst mistake could be as trivial as forgetting your adrenaline auto-injector, or thinking you’ll be fine without it. And what’s worse, this one simple mistake could end up costing you your life.

While I don’t have a severe allergy myself, one of my very best friends is allergic to peanuts and I have even dated someone while in university who also had a severe allergy. Knowing what I know now, I think back to all the times we naively put those friends at risk by eating at curry houses, going on nights out and sharing drinks – all without either of them knowing where their adrenaline auto-injectors were or even what to do with them if something were to go wrong.

I recall one night where a group of us went for dinner at our local curry house. About 10 minutes in to her meal and after a few beers, my friend said her lips felt swollen and her tongue tingly. We ran back to our house, a good 15 minute jog away, to retrieve her medication. Alcohol, curry and exercise…we really did everything wrong!
But, as an allergic young person, she didn't know that because no one had told her. And if she didn't know, how was I to? 
"A young life lost leaves a gaping hole in a family and group of friends"
Thankfully she recovered and now at 23, those friends have come full circle and are religious in always carrying their adrenaline. The older you get, the more aware of your own mortality you become and see in so many ways just how much risk you put yourself at as a young person.

While any death from anaphylaxis is a tragedy, when I hear of those of my age or younger who have died, it really hits home. I feel an immense sense of sadness, unable to stop thinking about the huge, gaping hole a young life lost leaves in a family and group of friends. So much potential and ambition, snuffed out before life’s even begun.

The sad fact is that anaphylaxis deaths in 15 – 25 year olds continue to happen. And what’s worse is that many are even preventable were it only for some simple but life-saving knowledge and insight.

That’s why I’m asking everyone to support the Anaphylaxis Campaign’s film project. This film is an unprecedented project and will see the Campaign working with top industry professionals to produce a high impact, shocking film to deliver our message – carry your adrenaline auto-injector or pay the price. We will target allergic young people, their friends and show the general public just how devastating this condition can be. 
So if you want to be part of the revolution and stop naivety and ignorance becoming a killer, donate, share and shout about our crowdfunding campaign
Don't let a simple mistake be someone's last. Your support could save a young life."


Get involved and support the project now:
  1. Donate via our website at www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/donate 
  1.  Text FILM06 £3 to 70070 for a quick £3 donation (or change the amount to anything up to £10)
  1.  Donate via our Crowdfunding project page here


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