This Saturday I spent my day in Toronto at the 6th annual Anaphylaxis Canada conference! This was my first year attending and it was fabulous! As I am apart of anaphylaxis Canada’s youth advisory panel (YAP), I helped out with a lot of the days events. The morning was the youth conference! There was 30 youth there from ages 11 to 23! We earned a lot of really great information on allergies and it was amazing to meet others who are going through the same things as me. The afternoon portion of the conference was for the parents of allergic children. Since I am not a parent but a member of YAP, I was able to attend. Allergist Dr.Mack gave a really informative presentation on living with allergies. Following his presentation was a “ask the allergist section”. During intermission I got to visit all the exhibitors. These included: epipen, allerject, sunbutter, Medicalert, olli lolli clothing, eczema society, lung association, allergic living magazine, and many more. Yay for free samples and auto injector trainers!!! Next up was a enlightening presentation by Dr.Waserman! She discussed all of the leading research for cures for allergies. It was really great to hear that there is hope, it isn’t coming tomorrow but they are working on it.
Finally… my big moment of the day! I am so grateful to have been asked to be on the “Teens Talk Allergies” panel! Myself and three others sat at the front of the room and spoke to about 130 people! Usually public speaking is not my thing but I am so proud of myself for doing it. It was a touching experience to get to give advice and answer parents questions about being a teen with allergies. I loved all the parents that came up to talk to me at the end of the conference 🙂 Things like this help to remind you that you can always turn something negative to positive. Yes, somedays I hate having allergies and I feel defeated but being able to share your experiences and give hope is truly heart warming 🙂
I am looking forward to next years conference and am so happy I was able to be apart of this event!