The Lack of Empathy Toward Allergy Sufferers can be Downright Deplorable

Have you heard of  The Crunchy Cook?

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She's a college student with Celiac Disease as well as 17 different food allergies. Fun, right?! Hardly....

I don't know about you, but I really feel for people dealing with problems in their lives - no matter what the crappy issue is.

In this case, it's about a girl who is anaphylactic to peanuts - just by being in the same room with them. She ended up being cut off from the disability services people who put up very clear and visible signs on her classroom doors notifying people to not bring peanut products in the room. And the signs had been working. All she wanted was for things to stay the same - that's it. She wasn't planning on suing the school if someone slipped up. She carries her EpiPen with her and is ready to use it if need be. But her trust in the system is gone. And it's too bad, to put it mildly.

Her blog readers contacted the news and Komo News in Seattle did an interview with her which was aired on television.

WELL... this opened it up to some nasty comments. All I could do was shake my head and want to shake the mean people as well. It's just horrible.

They're insisting that she's lying about her allergy and how dare she expect people to accommodate her?

ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME???? THIS IS WHAT YOU SPEND YOUR TIME ON???

Read some of the comments below:

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So, I decided to do some searching myself about the reality of airborne peanut anaphylaxis. There are aaaaaall sorts of opinions out there on the internet, but I decided to check out Mayo Clinic instead of Wikipedia, like some people who commented.

Here's what Mayo has to say:

Exposure to peanuts can occur in different ways:

Direct contact. The most common cause of peanut allergy is eating peanuts or peanut-containing foods. Sometimes direct skin contact with peanuts can trigger an allergic reaction.

Cross-contact. This is the unintended introduction of peanuts into a product. It's generally the result of a food being exposed to peanuts during processing or handling.

Inhalation. An allergic reaction may occur if you inhale dust or aerosols containing peanuts, such as that of peanut flour or peanut oil cooking spray.

LiveStrong also did their research with some reputable sources:

An allergic reaction caused by airborne exposure is due to inhalation of the dust of the allergen. In addition to raw nuts themselves, products made with nuts, such as peanut oil or nut flours, may cause allergic reactions. Many conditions may contribute to the likelihood of developing a nut allergy. Age is one factor, as allergies are generally more common among children, toddlers and infants. Older individuals may also develop a recurring outbreak of peanut allergies if they had them as children. Having allergies to other foods or substances may increase your chances of getting a nut allergy. Likewise, if family members have allergies, you're more likely to develop one.

So, what gives, people?? Can't you just give the poor girl a little empathy and stop trying to tear her down?? The lady in the last comment complained about how people like The Crunchy Cook make her life SO HARD because then they have to explain that THEIR peanut allergy isn't airborne. Oh WOW - WHAT A HARDSHIP!!!!! *eyeroll. And if anybody thinks I'm being harsh, sorry you're offended, but her allergy is more of an issue than you feeling offended. Somebody has to stand up for this girl.

I've experienced lack of empathy and disbelief regarding my own allergies and it's downright insulting. Do you really think I'm making all of my allergies up? Do you think it's FUN having Staph Infections because my allergies are so severe? Do you think I WANTED to donate 90% of my wardrobe due to my allergies and also not be able to participate in events I used to love because of my allergies?? Believe me - I don't do this for $hits and giggles. COME ON.

Do I understand the issue of liability with the college if she dies on campus? Yes. So why not try to figure out how to make it manageable for the students with allergies? Not everybody has the luxury of being able to choose whatever school they want to go to. Many people are limited because of finances or the need to be close to family. Maybe they need to take care of their dying mother. What if the person with the brains to cure cancer ends up not being able to obtain the schooling they need? Is this really for the good of humanity? I think not.

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What do you think about all of this??