The New Law That Could End Allergy Related Deaths

The New Law That Could End Allergy Related Deaths

"The Annie Legere Law" will save thousands of children's lives.
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On August 26th, 2015 my cousin lost her best friend. It was the summer going into eighth grade and she was at a “back to school” sleepover with her girlfriends. Annie, my cousin's best friend, ate something that she was unknowingly allergic to. She grew uncomfortable experiencing shortness of breath and coughing. As she tried to figure out what was wrong her symptoms grew worse and they called 911. Annie was transported to the hospital where she went into cardiac arrest. She was held in a pediatric ICU for nine days. At this point things weren’t looking good. The lack of oxygen during the anaphylactic shock caused trauma to the brain. That day god received an angel. And my cousin knows that eventually she will be reunited with her beautiful, strong, optimistic, and loving best friend

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Anaphylactic shock is not a situation that people should take lightly. When someone is experiencing anaphylactic shock the window of action between life and death can be a matter of minutes. Epinephrine must be administered at the first sign of symptoms. Usually people with severe allergies carry their Epinephrine Auto-Injector aka EpiPen with them. But what about the people who don’t know they have a severe allergy? Or a kid who forgot it at home? These people are now at higher risk of anaphylactic shock, and the consequences of that could be fatal.

It is estimated that 15 million Americans have food allergies. This does not even account for all of the Americans affected by skin allergies, insect allergies, drug allergies,and other environmental allergies. Last year, more than 300,000 kids under the age of 18 were hospitalized due to food allergies.

How do we stop the anaphylaxis epidemic? How can we assure that people with severe allergies will have access to EpiPens in any setting? Police officers should have to carry an EpiPen with them at all times. Law enforcement works to limit homicides, car accidents, drug use, crime rate, and many other things that are perceived as deadly or harmful. So why shouldn’t police officers work to prevent anaphylaxis? Schools are also a common place for children to have an allergic reaction. So, teachers should also be mandated to carry auto-injectors. With the proper training, first responders and school staff will be able to save thousands of young lives.

Many people were blessed to have known Annie and her story has inspired those around her to take action in preventing fatal allergic reactions. Annie’s parents have started the Annie Legere Foundation on behalf of the legacy she left behind. Their mission is simply to educate families on the dangers of allergies and to make it mandatory that teachers and first responders carry the one thing that could have saved Annie’s life.

Seven months after Annie passed away, the Legere family introduced “The Annie Legere Law” to Senator Nybo of Illinois. The Annie Legere Law states that police officers must carry and be trained to administer epinephrine auto-injectors. In order to get this process started they made a $40,000 donation to the Dupage county police department. This funds the proper equipment and training for 92 officers. Bill #SB 2878 was passed in the senate and became a law in August of 2016. This bill is very important to the Annie Legere foundation because if this was in place last year then there is a chance that Annie could still be alive playing volleyball, watching gossip girl, and drinking Starbucks frappuccinos with her friends.

The foundation has already raised tens of thousands of dollars with help from her family, friends and community. This money has all gone towards spreading awareness of the dangers of food allergies. They also work to make EpiPens readily available for those who don’t already have them. Their goal is to grow the foundation and pass The Annie Legere Law on a national level.


What can you do to help the cause and reduce the number of allergy related fatalities?

  1. Spread allergy awareness in your own community.
  2. Visit http://www.amazingannie.org for more information on the foundation.
  3. Educate parents and children on what to do when an allergic reaction occurs.
  4. Learn the laws on epinephrine administration in your home estate.
  5. Pray for Annie’s family and friends as they work to honor Annie and prevent similar tragic outcomes.
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Simple ways to start taking care of yourself.

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Life is overwhelming and distracting so it's easy to forget about yourself sometimes, but practicing small self-care acts is easy. Making time for yourself every day isn't selfish and is really good for your mental health. I think it's important for everyone to spend time doing things that make them happy and more calm, even if you only dedicate 20 minutes each day. Putting yourself first can lead to growth so many other aspects of your life.

Obviously, each person is allowed to practice self-care in their own unique way, but here are some ideas to get you started!

1. Do something new. 

2. Make a list of things you need to get done that week. 

3. Drink some hot tea. 

4. Go for a walk on a scenic trail.

5. Paint your nails.

6. Have a good laugh.

7. Buy yourself flowers.

8. Light a candle.

9. Do some tidying up.

10. Don't feel bad for saying 'no.'

11. Listen to music.

12. Slow down.

13. Drink a smoothie.

14. Run mindless errands.

15. Write down your goals for the week.

16. Talk to someone about the future.

17. Wake up early and get coffee. 

18. Take care of a plant. 

19. Take a bubble bath. 

20. Give yourself a compliment.

21. Give a stranger a compliment.

22. Watch a movie.

23. Put your phone down.

24. Declutter your personal space.

25. Go to bed early. 

26. Pray or meditate. 

27. Go for a drive. 

28. Make it a habit to stargaze. 

29. Read a book. 

30. Read poems. 

31. Sing loudly. 

32. Make a list of things you're grateful for. 

33. Drink a lot of water. 

34. Put on make-up for no reason.

35. Watch funny videos. 

36. Take a deep breath. 

37. Distance yourself from negativity. 

38. Unfollow people you don't care to follow on social media. 

39. Have a pajama day. 

40. Read an inspirational book. 

41. Call your parents/ loved ones. 

42. Donate old clothing. 

43. Dedicate a day out of the week to not eating meat. 

44. Do a fun craft or DIY project. 

45. Put on a face mask and relax. 

46. Do a small workout. 

47. Take a power nap. 

48. Listen to a podcast. 

49. Open a window. 

50. Open your curtains in the morning to let in natural light. 

51. Make your bed. 

52. Cook dinner instead of eating out. 

53. Play/ cuddle with an animal. 

54. At the end of the day, think of all the positive things that happened.

55. Moisturize. 

56. Buy a comforting blanket. 

57. Give someone a hug. 

58. Create a vision board. 

59. Have some alone time.

60. Enjoy the sun on your skin. 

61. Dance like nobody is watching.

62. Walk in the rain every once in a while. 

63. Drive with the windows down. 

64. Give someone a gift for no reason. 

65. Get a massage. 

66. Do something that gets your adrenaline running. 

67. Spend the day at the library or a book store. 

68. Organize your work space/ binders. 

69. Spend a weekend in. 

70. Recognize hard work and reward yourself. 

71. Sign up for a work out class. 

72. Eat lunch with a friend. 

73. Spend the day helping others. 

74. Get your hair done. 

75. Have a good cry. 

76. Use sticky notes. 

77. Color code your planner. 

78. Print out pictures and hang them up. 

79. Hang motivational quotes on your mirror and read them when you get ready. 

80. Do random acts of kindness. 

81. Buy fuzzy socks. 

82. Redecorate or rearrange furniture. 

83. Be present. 

84. Set a new years resolution. 

85. Make a bucket list. 

86. Stretch in the morning. 

87. Watch an interesting documentary. 

88. Make a music playlist.

89. Watch the sunrise or sunset. 

90. Explore somewhere new.

91. Be slow to respond to negativity. 

92. Have a game night with friends. 

93. Buy concert tickets. 

94. Have a nightly routine before bed. 

95. Eat your favorite dessert. 

96. Do something you've been putting off. 

97. Invest in essential oils. 

98. Manage your finances. 

99. Buy a new outfit. 

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Try at least one of these every week and see how you feel! I guarantee you will notice a difference in the way you are living your life.

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Anything is better than, "new year, new me".

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When the new year starts, we all start rolling out our New Year resolutions.

Some people say that in the new year, they'll start going to the gym, followed by them posting a selfie on Instagram with the caption, "New year, new me". If getting in your shape is your 2019 New Year's resolution (or if you have a different idea), here are 50 Instagram captions you can and should use.

1. "The best is yet to come."

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Simple, but effective.

2. "12 new chapters, 365 new chances."

Again, simple, but this one is pretty clever.

3. "365 new days, 365 more excuses"

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Or maybe this is more your style. The choice is yours.

4. "My New Year's resolution is to remember to write '2019' instead of '2018'.

I can't be the only one who does this until almost the middle of the year.

5. "Why overthink when you can overdrink?"

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What a way to bring in the new year, am I right?

6. "I would lose weight for my New Year's resolution, but I hate losing."

Don't we all?

7. "Let's start off the new year by being incredibly thankful that we aren't in Times Square right now..."

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While I've always wanted to go to Times Square to watch the ball drop on NYE, I can't imagine being in a crowd of that many people. I'll just watch it from the comfort of my own couch, thanks.

8. "Sometimes all we need is a fresh start... and lots and lots of (insert alcoholic drink here)."

You can say champagne, whiskey, tequila, whatever fits your lifestyle.

9. "It only happens once a year."

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Just like the diet you promised you'd keep for your New Year's resolution...

10. "There are far, far better things than anything we leave behind."

-C.S Lewis

11. "A little party never killed nobody."

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Nothin' wrong with a little Fergie to spice up your Instagram caption.

12. "My New Year's Resolution is to be more optimistic by keeping my cup half full... with (insert fave alcoholic drink).

Could be champagne, could be rum, but either way, there's a ton of optimism.

13. "Every day is one step closer to summer 2018."

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If you're one of those who count down every year until summer, this one is definitely for you.

14. "I don't call them New Year's Resolutions, I call them 'casual promises to myself that I'm under no obligation to fulfill'".

15. "A New Year's Resolution is one thing that goes in one year and out the other."

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Or it comes in one day and leaves the next. Same thing, ya know.

16. "A New Year's resolution is only a to-do list for the first week of January."

Kinda like a grocery list.

17. "Prepared to slay 2019."

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I mean, you could say "sleigh" if you wanna change it up a little.

18. "The calm before the storm."

This is the perfect caption to your pre-party selfie.

19. "Tonight we drink, tomorrow we moan in agony."

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Don't party too hard on NYE, kids.

20. "Save water, drink (alcoholic drink)."

And like the others, any alcoholic drink is acceptable.

21. "Hold on to the memories, they will hold onto you."

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-Taylor Swift

Because we all love a good Taylor Swift lyric, am I right?

22. "No champagne, no gain."

23. "Poor quality pic, high quality friends."

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Acceptable any day, not solely for NYE.

24. "Sips about to go down."

25. "Tonight, I'm making pour decisions."

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See the pun? It's punny.

26. "New year, same ole' me."

Because most of us don't drastically change when the clock strikes midnight.

27. "May all of your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions."

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This is appropriate because, ya know, most resolutions don't stick around.

28. "Too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right."

29. "2018, you couldn't have set the bar any lower."

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30. "Don't look back. You're not going that way."

Go into the new year with a new attitude.

31. "Sometimes all we need is a fresh start."

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Which, a new year is pretty much a fresh start. Make it anything you want it to be.

32. "I'm wearing the hat. Where's the party?"

We all love a good Full House quote.

33. "All I see is magic."

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This is the perfect quote for a picture of that midnight kiss or a ball dropping.

34. "Page 1 of 365."

It works if you're starting your New Year's resolution on January 1st, otherwise, this one doesn't apply.

35. "What can you do today that you were not capable of 12 months ago?"

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Kinda inspiring, kinda a slap in the face. The choice is yours.

36. "My New Year's resolution is to follow through with my New Year's resolution."

37. "This year, I will be stronger, braver, kinder, and unstoppable."

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38. "My New Year's resolution is to stop lying about myself about making lifestyle changes."

Brutal, but true. Brutally honest, if you will.

39. "I no longer believe in New Year's Resolutions. I believe in day's resolutions."

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I guess that's one way to keep yourself accountable, right?

40. "Here's to another year and another chance to get it right."

You'll get there... even if it takes 2 or 3 or 10 years.

41. "New year, new feels, new chances, same dreams, fresh starts."

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Who doesn't love a good inspirational quote for an Instagram caption?

42. "You can always start again."

For when your resolutions fall apart by March.

43. "Let go of what's holding you back."

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You can keep your resolutions if you let go of what's holding you back. Talk about #inspirational, huh?

44. "And now we welcome the new year; full of things that have never been."

Time to do all of the things you've never imagined you could or would do.

45. "He who breaks a New Year's resolution is a weakling; he who makes one is a fool."

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-F.M Knowles

You don't want to be a fool, do you? That's how you can get out of having a New Year's resolution.

46. "Trust the magic of new beginnings."

Now THIS is a perfect caption for your first post of the new year.

47. "The new year is yours. What will you do with it?"

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This is also a great way to interact with your followers, ya know?

48. "New year, same me, because I'm already fabulous."

Similar to #26, but has a little extra pizazz to it.

49. "Make it pop like pink champagne."

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Aka make your New Year's resolutions pop like pink champagne.

50. "New year, same me, bigger goals."

EXCEPT, this year, you need to actually achieve these goals. You got this.

With all of that being said, I hope you've found a great Instagram caption to use for your upcoming post. Here's to 2019 and probably broken resolutions.


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