Whether it’s peanuts, dairy, lobster or strawberries, all allergies are equal to me. I understand that for example nut allergies are more commonly talked about because they are known to cause anaphylaxis in most cases, but I don’t think it is right or logical for someone to feel that nut allergies are superior. The severity of a reaction should not be judged by what allergen caused it, because I know by experience that my “not so common fruit allergies” have caused me to be on the edge of life. Nut allergies should not be all that we talk about, because anaphylaxis can be caused by anything and all allergies are equal. Last night I witnessed some twitter action that really upset me. A fellow tweeter simply asked a question to open discussion and eye open. She asked whether people thought dairy allergies were equal in severity to nut allergies. Another tweeter replied by saying that it was “Not equal. Peanut Wins!”. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but it is people like this that I deal with every day. My classmates continue to eat strawberries next to me and put my life at risk, because they only believe in allergies caused by nuts and other common allergens. Rarely are people educated and informed that anaphylaxis can be caused by other things, like strawberries and coconut! We as the “allergy community” need to be informing people that anaphylaxis can be caused by anything and a reaction can be life threatening whether it is caused by hazelnuts or lettuce! When I began driving lessons my mother and I tried to inform my instructor of my allergies but she barely listened. When I got in the car she said she had nothing to worry about because anaphylaxis was only caused by nuts… Why have people been led to believe this. When we are talking about something as serious as anaphylaxis, there is no time for misconceptions. No one deserves to have their life at risk because people believe that their allergies are not as severe as others. There needs to be a change for the safety and life of myself and many others. To me, all allergies are equal.