My Journey Through Allergy Testing
Jun27

My Journey Through Allergy Testing

It wasn’t until the summer after my senior year of high school that I started feeling the effects of allergies. I worked in a city parks department, where a majority of my time was spent mowing the grass, which is no fun with allergies. As someone who’d never dealt with allergies before, I was unfamiliar with the symptoms I was experiencing and regrettably, made no attempt to fight it. Reflecting on it now, 40 hours a week for three...

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How Can You Prevent a Food Allergy Reaction?
Jun22

How Can You Prevent a Food Allergy Reaction?

As someone who is allergic to peanuts, I find it important to inform others on how severe and dangerous food allergies can be. Did you know that more than 50 million Americans have an allergy of some kind? Food allergies are estimated to affect 4 to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How much do you know about the potential dangers of food allergies? A food...

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The Benefits of Learning Music
Jun20

The Benefits of Learning Music

My sister and I both grew up learning music. First, we learned to play the piano with a private teacher. In school, we each took on different instruments. I learned the flute, and my sister learned the violin and saxophone. I played the flute from 4th to 12th grade and sang in choir. My sister still plays the violin now as she’s starting her senior year of high school, and also sings in choir. Not only did we make great memories and...

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Making the Most of a Road Trip
Jun15

Making the Most of a Road Trip

  While I was growing up, my family took countless road trips, and no place was too far. Our car trips took us to places as close as Chicago and as far as San Francisco. We drove everywhere. In fact, though I took multiple international flights as a child, I did not take a domestic flight, other than a connection to our international flight, until I was in high school. Over the course of our many arduous but fun trips, I learned...

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Staying Safe This Summer
Jun13

Staying Safe This Summer

Summertime can be filled with freedom and fun. But it’s important to maintain awareness and be cautious, so that summer can be as enjoyable as possible. Here are a few things to remember while you and your family are enjoying your summer days and nights. Wear Sunscreen Nothing ruins a summer day faster than a painful sunburn. Sunburns are always a possibility, even on cloudy days, so applying sunscreen before any outdoor activity is a...

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