After reading this powerful article, I read a blog post on another food allergy website that was posted on twitter asking viewers to state if it was worse to have a peanut allergy or a tree nut allergy. Some said tree nut, others said peanut. I didn't understand. You see the difficulty of food allergies that makes awareness difficult is that food allergies are not a disorder like type 1 diabetes--where care is basically the same for every diabetic individual. What is safe for one food allergic person can kill another, while one precaution may be sufficient for one food allergic individual, it may not be for another. You see, food allergies are more like autism spectrum disorder then diabetes--they are a spectrum, in fact they are sort of like the image below.
Living with food allergies is tough, and while the basic notion of having a food allergy is what relates us is important, it is also important to keep in mind that no food allergic person will face the same challenges as another. Our job, as members of the food allergic community is to lift each other up, offer words of advice, but should never be to tell another that their food allergy isn't severe enough or that they don't know the challenges of living with a food allergy. So how would I answer the question of whether peanut allergies are worse than tree nut allergies? I would say they are equal. They both bring their own challenges and their own advantages so it is impossible to say whether one is worse than the other.
What do you guys think?