Imagine being afraid for your life just for simply stepping outside your house without 
your sunblock, protective garments, and umbrella. Until about twelve years old, I didn’t have 
to imagine. It was my reality. I was born with a rare skin disease that combined with my asthma,
created a deadly allergy to the sun. Something that was taken advantage of all around me almost 
killed me every day. All the windows in my elementary school had to have filters placed on 
them, and multiple times at daycares when workers wouldn’t believe my allergy, I’d get an 
ambulance to the hospital. The sun being something that brought the world life, only brought me 
pain, but I still wished to be able to run with the other kids with no care in my mind basking in 
the sun.

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