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Inspired in part by this column from David Shaywitz
Here is a story I had the privilege to hear from Fred Modell, one of the founders of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation (check them out; they’re a great group): Fred was at their annual picnic, where they host kids with immune system defects. Fred walked by two early teenage girls, and as he passed by he heard one of them asking the other, “You really kissed a boy?” Which seems like a common enough thing for two teenage girls to be talking about.
Only in this case it wasn’t. If your immune system doesn’t function like most everyone else’s, then kissing a boy is not just part of growing up. It can be dangerous to your health. It’s something about which you have to think hard, and try your best to understand the implications, and you need to be careful, cautious and measured. Everything your first kiss really shouldn’t be.
For these girls, though, because of groups like the Modell Foundation and the treatments they’ve helped pioneer and support, these girls could experience the spontaneity of an event that so many kids take for granted. And they could feel normal, like their friends in school. Continue reading