Other folks who know how to bring food everywhere with them. Who can give you tips about traveling or school trips or how to make eggless birthday cake.
And kids making friends with others kids-- just like them--Kids who carry Epi-pens and who read ingredients like experts.
Teen Summit has two days of presentations by experts -- with PhDs and RNs and MDs-- and the other experts-- us! Kids, moms and dads who have been living and thriving with food allergies.
The kids role-play how to safely order in restaurants; they hear from mentors about dating and life away from home; they Q & A with chefs and doctors, and they exchange ideas among themselves.
There's so much information exchanged and so many new friends made-- it's wonderful.
I have friends from the first Teen Summit 7 years ago. Friends I can call anytime for new recipes. For a shoulder to cry on. For advice on OIT or college dining halls. These friends-- scattered all over the country-- have been invaluable. Those friends make the Teen Summit amazing. Plus, there's the joy of seeing all these kids finally-- finally--at ease, not having to explain themselves or their allergies to anyone because everyone there gets it.
Hope to see you there!