- Pac-man keeps moving
- The main goal in pac-man is to "eat" the yellow dots to gain points
- You want to avoid the colored ghosts
- You want to eat the big dots because they make the ghosts safe
- Cherries are your lives, the more you have the better
Now you are probably pretty lost to how a simple arcade game relates to the lives of people with food allergies. Let me explain. Just like pac-man keeps moving, our lives keep moving. Just like in pac-man, where the game revolves around food, our lives revolve around food. Most social events, family dinners and holidays all involve food which can sometimes make us feel left out or unsafe. The colored ghosts are like food allergens. If pac-man "eats" the ghosts or the ghost touches him, he will die just like if we eat or touch a food allergen we could potentially die. The ghosts move everywhere and Pac-man has no control of which way they will go. Like the ghosts, we have little control over our exposure to our allergens. The big dots are like our friends and family who help keep us safe. Just like in pac-man where they remove the threat of ghosts, our friends and family can help remove the threat of allergens and make it safe for us to eat and take advantage of life. The cherries in the game are like epinephrine; they are truly lifesavers and without it, if we are exposed to an allergen, we could die.
Now I want you to play the game again. This time I want you to pretend like you have bet a million dollars on winning the game. In order to win you have to get all of the little yellow dots. Go for it, play the one million dollar game!