Tough dating advice
He met his current girlfriend through friends and during their first date, he asked her to share a personal “fun fact,” knowing that she would then ask him the same question – and he had his food allergy answer ready.
“When I meet somebody, it’s not the first thing I bring up.
“Especially in the beginning of a relationship, when you’re getting to know someone, and there are so many different elements.
You don’t want to just be defined by your allergies – but it can feel like that sometimes.” That feeling is one that Randall Koop, 53, has struggled with since being diagnosed with a severe alpha-gal (or red meat) allergy that is acquired through a tick’s bite.
The 26-year-old notes that at parties or at bars, if he was flirting with a girl and she leaned in for a kiss, he had to turn away.
“It was hard because some will take it the wrong way and think you’re not into them,” says Brennan, an exercise therapist who lives near Toronto, Canada.
It’s not even the seventh thing I bring up,” she says.