Guest Blog by CS Challenge
You may think I am crazy but my challenge is simple, raise as much support and awareness for the Anaphylaxis Campaign as possible.
I was born with a severe nut allergy. My allergy is so severe that if I touch, smell, or taste nuts, I will have a reaction. The most severe form of reaction is Anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis causes restricted breathing. If an Epi-pen is not administered and urgent medical attention not sought (i.e. dial 999), my throat will close up, my heart will stop and I will die (sorry to be graphic, but that is what happens). Having an allergy is serious – it should not cost a life.
Unfortunately, I will never grow out of my allergy. This is something that I will have to live with for the rest of my life. Allergy sufferers know that this can be difficult. Take food for example, how many labels state “May contain traces of nuts” or “we cannot guarantee a nut free environment” when you dine at a restaurant. Imagine having to translate “nut allergy” into multiple foreign languages when you travel abroad, (hoping that that crispy duck you are about to tuck into in China has not been prepared next to the Satay Chicken). This is just the tip of the iceberg for allergy sufferers. This is why it is really important for people who do not have allergies to understand the severity. This is why I am trekking to Mt Everest Base Camp - to raise awareness of the severity of nut allergies.
The Anaphylaxis Campaign: "Our ultimate aim is to create a safe environment for all people with allergies by educating the food industry, schools, nurses, colleges, health professionals and other key audiences. Our focus is on medical facts, food labelling, risk reduction and allergen management."
If you like the idea of me trekking for days up a very big mountain in very cold temperatures, please be kind enough to sponsor me to do this adventure for such a great cause. It’s entirely self-funded, all donations will go directly to the Anaphylaxis Campaign so please sponsor me and give generously. If not for me, but for the rest of the group who will have to wait for me as I trek at the rear to Mt Everest Base Camp.
Follow my journey here: