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Allergies, and Awesome YouBelieve You Can Get There Too!
By Atul N. Shah
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2012 Dr. Atul N. Shah, the AmazingAllergist
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Chapter One"Hey, Jack!" Samantha sneezed and stopped to find a tissue. "Wow, look at you. You are so happy and have tons of energy." Samantha admired Jack as she ran to him. "Aaa ... chhoo!" Samantha kept sneezing and sneezing and sneezing and reached for her tissues. Jack was kicking the soccer ball into the net before the game began.
Jack paused, smiled ear to ear, and high-fived Samantha. As Jack turned to get the ball, he heard something as loud as a trumpet. It was Samantha blowing her red nose in the white tissues. With a giggly voice and glowing eyes, Jack looked up and replied, "Thanks!"
Jack kicked the ball toward the goal. "You know, Samantha, since I have seen the AmazingAllergist, my life has changed. I sleep much better, enjoy playing soccer and being with my friends, and feel that life is way better. I don't have to look for tissues, and I don't blow my nose like a trumpet anymore. Life is great!"
Samantha couldn't wait to feel that way. "Jack, I need help with my nose too."
Jack promised to share how he changed his life with the help of the AmazingAllergist.
They both played hard during the game. Samantha tried her best but could not keep pace with Jack. She had to reach for tissues again and again. Her nose was so clogged that she had to breathe through her mouth. She felt sluggish, and it was hard to run for a long period of time. Jack had a blast. He got his team a goal, an assist, and a 4–2 win.
As they were packing their bags, Jack kept his promise and began sharing what he did to feel great. Samantha sat down to listen. "It was six months ago when my mom and I visited the AmazingAllergist for the first time. I wish I went there many years earlier."
Jack continued, "I was cranky, congested, and clumsy. Every day I sneezed nonstop, and at night I snored like an old man. My nose dripped like a leaky faucet and was red like a clown. I was breathing through my mouth as it felt like glue was stuck in my nose. I had a tickle in my throat that made me cough, and I felt like itching inside of my ears. My eyes seemed sandy, and it looked like I was crying day and night. I was like this every day, and I did not remember a day without sneezing or blowing my nose."
Samantha nodded. "Jack, that's how I feel now. I can play better if I can breathe and don't have to blow my nose."
Jack continued, "You know, I love soccer, and I still felt that I would have to quit. My eyes and nose got worse every time I came to the field or went outdoors. I kept hearing in my head, 'Winners don't quit, and quitters never win.' I felt angry and helpless. I wanted to feel better, but I did not know what to do, where to go, and whom to ask for help. My mom always knows my feelings, and she knew who could help."
Jack zipped his bag and sat down next to Samantha. "A few days later, my mom and I went to see the AmazingAllergist. I was scared and did not know what to expect. As we learned more about the AmazingAllergist place, it gave me a sense that the experts here would help me get better. We saw smiles on everyone, including the other patients. That reassured me that I would be smiling again soon."
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