Hi. My name is Maggie McCarthy and I’m thirteen years old. I’m going to share my experiences with all of you. When I was little I had a lot of life-threatening allergies. I was allergic to nuts, milk, soy, tomatoes, wheat, corn, etc. The list went on and on. As I grew up, I outgrew many of my allergies, but unfortunately, I’m still allergic to cats, environmental allergens, and most nuts. My mom created Allergy Haven based on her knowledge of how hard it is to deal with allergies, and kids with allergies. She has taught me many things about dealing with allergies, and the one thing she always says is I should be empowered. I’ll give you an example. Lets say your child is in kindergarten and the class is having a cooking day. The class is going to make pizza. But your child is allergic to wheat! You don’t want your kid to feel left out, but you also don’t want to tell the teacher that the other kids can’t do the fun activity just because of your child. My mom always sent me in with a substitute. Like gluten-free dough, in this case. You want your kid to feel normal. It’s hard for young kids to feel like they’re different than the rest of their group. In my experience, when you go in with substitutes it really helps. I always felt like part of the group. That’s all for this post. I hope that you all liked hearing about my experience. I’d love to hear about yours! Post your stories in the comments!