Nuts Drive Me Nuts

Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.


At a Bat Mitzvah I attended in eighth grade, an encounter with seemingly innocent Japanese cabbage-which I did not know was marinated in peanut oil-produced an unparalleled wrath. Upon putting a mere spoonful into my mouth, I went into anaphylactic shock. This taste of hell enveloped my entire body in quarter-sized welts, sent excruciating pains darting up and down my spine, inflated my eyelids and lips so that I resembled a grotesque blowfish, and virtually disabled me from breathing. Calling this treacherous event a near-death experience is not a hyperbole by any means. The maximum safe dosage of Benadryl was a life-saving intervention, pacifying the reaction rapidly enough to prevent the need for an Epi-Pen injection and a visit to the emergency room. If I had not taken any measures, that morsel of lethal cabbage could have taken my life.

A trait that has distanced me from most of my peers is my severe allergy to nuts. Nothing else could garner the bewildered gaze at my Medic-Alert bracelet as people guess the identity and magnitude of the medical anomaly engraved on the reverse side, or the sophomoric chuckles when they hear "nuts." I take the jokes in stride, but few comprehend the burden of living with such a...

Join Now to View Premium Content

GradeSaver provides access to 739 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 4419 literature essays, 1447 sample college application essays, 182 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.

Join Now

Already a member? Log in