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Ontario Tennis 2016/2017 | Spring 2016

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16 SPRING 2016 | TENNISONTARIO.com OT AWARENESS S uccess is never easy. It's a complex balance between physical health and mentally keeping it together. Without one the other isn't much help. Much like a tennis match a win is impossible without physical ability, yet without mental strength your chances of winning are slim to none. It only takes one bad line call or rude gesture to lose focus. Once your mental game goes your strokes are soon to follow and frustration ensues. Living with a food allergy is a similar struggle but with much higher consequences. A bad call in tennis could cost you a game or maybe even the match; but a bad call with a food allergy could cost you your life. Today, 1-in-13 Canadians are affected by food allergy (about 2.5 million people) and more and more people are diagnosed every year, and not just children. Allergies can develop later in life. Recently, Torontonian Dave DeJeung, 37, was on the subway and suffered a massive allergic reaction to pistachios (a food he's always safely eaten). He literally had no idea what was happening to his body, "I just felt my whole body shutting down", he THE ROBYN ALLEN MEMORIAL EVENT KICKS THINGS OFF WITH A BANG IN TORONTO. THIS TENNIS AND SQUASH TOURNAMENT & FUNDRAISING EVENT REMEMBERS ROBYN ALLEN A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL WHO LOST HER LIFE TO AN ALLERGIC REACTION. says. He barely made it off the subway when he collapsed. Paramedics gave him epinephrine and luckily he made it to the hospital and survived. Dave now follows the two rules allergic people must follow: • Avoid your allergen to the very best of your ability at all times • Carry an epinephrine auto- injector (Allerject®, EpiPen®) at ALL times Following these rules may sound simple but being successful at keeping yourself safe from a specific food can be stressful. Having to continually explain this to strangers can be embarrassing, frustrating and often confusing. Allergies are very real and awareness is the best defence against them. Recognizing the basic signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction could help save someone's life or even your own. An allergic reaction can involve any of these symptoms. Remember to Think FAST: FACE: hives, itching, redness, swelling of face, lips or tongue AIRWAY: trouble breathing, swallowing or speaking, nasal congestion, sneezing STOMACH: stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea TOTAL BODY: hives, itching, swelling, weakness, dizziness, sense of doom, loss of consciousness SKIN: hives, swelling, itchy, redness Hives don't need to present for a reaction to be happening and if these symptoms go untreated they can very quickly become life-threatening.When in doubt don't wait to administer an epinephrine auto-injector, just inject. Epinephrine is the drug used to treat a reaction and it has saved countless lives. There are two types of injectors in Canada, Allerject® and EpiPen®, -- don't be afraid to use them! May is National Food Allergy Awareness Month in Canada. There are many ways to get involved, visit Food Allergy Canada's website to find an event near you. The Robyn Allen Memorial Event kicks things off with a bang in Toronto. This tennis and squash tournament and fundraising event remembers Robyn Allen a beautiful young girl who lost her life to an allergic reaction. Though peanuts triggered the response, it was lack of awareness that lead to her death. NO ROOM FOR BAD CALLS LIVING WITH A FOOD ALLERGY CAN BE A STRUGGLE Help prevent this type of tragedy from happening again, bring your rackets and dancing shoes April 30th to The Mayfair Lakeshore, visit facebook.com/ RobynAllenMemorialEvent for more info BY SHERRY BARRETT "MAY IS NATIONAL FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS MONTH IN CANADA ."

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