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For all of you fighting for your little ones with allergies, this is for you! And a special thank you and also my gift to you! 

Callum and Nathalie from Intolerant Gourmand! www.intolerantgourmand.com

My child, like most of you, was ‘never’ going to be the kid with allergies. I had visions of idyllic baby days, chilled out times and lots of fun. Turns out, he was, and with multiple severe allergies to boot.

As with many of you, you’ve watched your little one in a hospital bed, fighting for their life.

Life as you know it changes in an instant!

Everything you’ve always assumed, things you’ve dreamed since your own childhood of life once becoming a mother, the foundation of parenthood, cuddles with your little one, the joys of holidays abroad, the sound of infectious giggles might all be taken away from you at any time.

So where do you go from there?

You’re told your child has life threatening allergies, you’ve already seen them battle through serious allergic reactions which almost took them from you. They might not make it through their next one, and you don’t even know when or where that next one might be.

Life has become a ticking time bomb!

As a parent you look forward to your childs milestones:

  • School
  • Friends
  • Birthday parties
  • Graduation
  • Jobs
  • Grandchildren

But, if a severe allergic reaction can’t be stopped, it might never be theirs.

You have to learn a whole new way of life!

The hours spent reading labels, and then painstakingly cooking absolutely everything from scratch so that you know what they’re eating is safe.

The relentless fighting for support, advice and guidance from healthcare professionals, no matter how exhausted you feel, because you know your child needs this help!

The lost sleep over months and months, rocking our little ones throughout the night in a vain attempt to calm and soothe them through debilitating symptoms, all whilst running through the day to figure out what could possibly have caused the latest reaction, blaming ourselves as we ‘must have missed something’

As a parent of an allergy child, you learn to fight the biggest of battles, a fight like nothing else on earth, with the greatest prize of all……….that of your little one surviving.

Every day!

I refused to lose the fight with Callum, and I now fight for all of you too!

And so, because of this journey, I have learned so much!

I am grateful to have met incredible allergy mums fighting the same fight for their little ones, and I’m proud to be able to support you all, because you may not always believe it, but you’re all AMAZING!

Every single one of you!

Be grateful for the people in your life, the ones who ‘get it’ and make life that bit easier for you. The ones who are part of your ‘village’ and the ones you can turn to when times are tough, like the community that’s on this very page.

You are all worth your weight in gold!

Remember these key things to help you get through each day:

  • Embrace each day
  • Live each day with passion and pride
  • Make the most of everything and live each day to the fullest
  • Take nothing for granted
  • Live each day one at a time
  • Focus on the now and don’t fear the past or the future
  • Find the light in the darkness as it will see you through the tough days

We often fight for our children, and forget about ourselves, so I’m here now high fiving each and every one of you, and acknowledging the incredible amount of work involved in keeping our little ones safe and well!

So, here’s to all of us allergy mums!

Tag the allergy mum’s you know that need to hear they’re doing a fab job!!

*COMPETITION TIME*

I want to recognise the hard work, sacrafices and more that allergy parents go through to keep their little ones safe. I also want to thank each and every one of you for your support, help and being part of this community here at Intolerant Gourmand.

So, as a way of giving something back, I am giving to you!

Callum and I have got a £20 voucher for Vue for one of you to go and spend some time chilling out with your family! We hope it gives you a bit of time to enjoy with your loved ones! 

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to answer this question by commenting on the blog post:

What is your favourite film and why? 

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The prize will be sent out to the winner week commencing 8th July 2018.

Good luck! 

£20 Vue gift card(Photo credit: Costco)

 

 

 

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0 # Tammy Tudor 2018-06-13 23:40
Love the things to help you get through the day they are very important! Thank you for the giveaway!
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0 # Claire Melvin 2018-06-13 23:40
My favourite film is Dirty Dancing, I’ve never watched anything else I’ve enjoyed more. I can watch the ending over and over!
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0 # Sarah Mackay 2018-06-14 06:06
I love to watch Some Like it Hot, as it always puts a smile on my face.
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0 # Emily Henley 2018-06-14 06:14
The Italian Job for me (the original one), as I'm a huge fan of the Mini!
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0 # Simon LC 2018-06-14 06:24
Paddington as all the family enjoy it
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0 # Rob Hutchinson 2018-06-14 07:00
The Shawshank Redemption is my favourite movie at the moment - I think it's a cracking story, and ultimately uplifting.
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0 # Victoria G 2018-06-14 07:30
My favourite is Ghost. I always cry at the end of course! :cry:
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0 # ann goody 2018-06-14 07:35
My favourite film is Close Encounters of the Third Kind as I have watched it hundreds of times on a Friday night. Just such a great concept and so believable and everyones dream.
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+1 # Kim Styles 2018-06-14 08:37
i think labelling is ok if it can be trusted . its also touching things in a shop that others could have touched after eating things you are allergic to . its a minefield. I saw a baker in a supermarket giving out samples of gluten free bread to try right near the normal bread - people could have picked up a flour loaf then come over and tasted a gluten free sample leaving flour traces on the samples! its not until you have allergies that these things are noticed.
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0 # Lucy 2018-06-14 08:38
I don't really have one favourite film - it changes all the time tbh!
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0 # Wayne k 2018-06-14 08:46
Happy Gilmore - it's just funny and sweet
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0 # Fiona K 2018-06-14 09:05
My favourite film is still Top Gun - have seen it so many times, so entertaining, lovely looking stars and great soundtrack
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0 # iain maciver 2018-06-14 09:29
the great escape a classic always loved it
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0 # joanna 2018-06-14 09:58
my favourite film has to be Hangover!! Its just hilarious...oh and I love a bit of Bradley Cooper, I mean what woman doesn't!!! :lol: xx
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0 # Lorraine Tinsley 2018-06-14 10:00
I love Forrest Gump, it's just such a good film
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0 # Henry Little 2018-06-14 10:00
mine is Field of Dreams, just a really nice movie
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0 # LAURA MILTON 2018-06-14 10:12
Oh so many films but my fav kids film at the minute is Ferninand my son cries at the end (with happiness so cute)
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0 # Sarah Rees 2018-06-14 10:15
I like memoirs of a geisha, its a great story and I love the geisha history
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0 # Ritchie 2018-06-14 10:29
The Godfather - great story and great cast
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0 # Jade Adams 2018-06-14 10:54
I love kid's films as they always have happy endings. My favourite is probably tangled!
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0 # Steph 2018-06-14 10:59
HAPPY POTTER! Still obsessed even at the age of 29! :-*
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0 # Sarah-Jane Carter 2018-06-14 11:26
My favourite film is the bodyguard Whitney Housten is my favourite singer she still is I will never get enough of watching the bodyguard x
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0 # Laura Scott 2018-06-14 11:38
Trainspotting. I love the music, the direction and that it is Scottish.
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0 # kev banham 2018-06-14 11:47
i would say its got to be top gun. goodness gracious great balls of fire its just awesome and love tom cruise
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0 # Anne Green 2018-06-14 12:03
Interstellar. It moved me in ways I hadn’t imagined possible and made me think about the fragility of life. So amazing.
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0 # Tracy Newton 2018-06-14 12:14
I love The Polar Express. It was the first film my little boy sat through and enjoyed
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0 # Angela Treadway 2018-06-14 12:17
sing as i love movies that have a bit of singing in them and its a great story x
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0 # Fozia Akhtar 2018-06-14 12:37
Titanic- it is a very moving film
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0 # Alice Ainsworth 2018-06-14 12:37
My favourite film is definitely The Breakfast Club!!
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0 # Alice Ainsworth 2018-06-14 12:38
Definitely the Breakfast Club!
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0 # Hazel Rea 2018-06-14 13:05
Star Trek 4 - we all love science fiction and the humour in this movie is an absolutely wonderful bonus.
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0 # Sinead ORourke 2018-06-14 13:44
Die hard. Its a great movie and its now on the Christmas list to watch it every year.
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0 # Catherine McAlinden 2018-06-14 13:50
We love Moana, so we can sing along :)
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0 # Charlotte Aricci 2018-06-14 14:07
my favourite film is coco, its so emotional and great :)
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0 # Louise A 2018-06-14 14:08
It's A Wonderful Life - I love this film. I know its regarded as a Christmas film but I enjoyed watching it as a child and still do. A great film to watch if you're feeling down, just sit down with a nice cup of tea and biccies and you'll feel better by the end of the film. A meaningful film with a happy ending for a change. Reminds me of how things used to be and also how things have changed (not always for the better either!)
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0 # Ren Taylor 2018-06-14 14:47
I love The Matrix.....I know its old fashioned now but when it came out it was so cool, interesting and unusual
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0 # mike fiera 2018-06-14 15:00
my favourite film true romance :)
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0 # Sue Watson 2018-06-14 15:11
Kiss me Kate for me - I love a musical...and this is too darn hot!
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0 # Simon Tutthill 2018-06-14 15:19
It has to be titanic fantastic film great casting and just generally a classic
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0 # Linda Powell 2018-06-14 16:15
great comp :-)
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0 # Tayla Courtice 2018-06-14 16:17
Chicago is my favourite film. I get the songs stuck in my head all day!
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0 # MM 2018-06-14 16:19
I think it would have to be Star Wars. Its a film that i have watched repeatedly throughout my life, from child, to teenager, to student, to parent. And i still watch now with my children.
Its a timeless film, which brings my comfort and delight.
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0 # Emily 2018-06-14 16:53
Heathers
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0 # Cherry Lloyd 2018-06-14 17:10
We all love a good film, it's a great way to spend time with all the family
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0 # Laura Banks 2018-06-14 18:04
weird science it makes me laugh everytime and ive always had a thing for anthony michael hall
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0 # CAROLYN HEYWORTH 2018-06-14 18:06
GREAT GIVEAWAY FOR FILM LOVERS, FINGERS CROSSED
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0 # Andrew Hindley 2018-06-14 18:07
My favorite film is Oliver love the film score
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0 # sarah birkett 2018-06-14 19:24
It changes year to year but last year it was Heartbreak Ridge. war film with a difference, very very moving, made me see another side of war
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0 # justine meyer 2018-06-14 19:24
this would be fab x
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0 # Michael Thompson 2018-06-14 19:26
Good giveaway
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0 # Maria P 2018-06-14 20:15
We love Paddington - my daughter also loves marmalade :) so she really enjoyed the fact that
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0 # Carole E 2018-06-14 20:38
'Grease' - Great soundtrack and lovely storyline
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0 # Jen A 2018-06-14 20:59
I can't possibly choose a favourite - but one of my very favourites that i can watch over and over again all these years later is Clueless - fun, romantic and great teenage fun, even when I'm nearly 35!
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0 # leanne weir 2018-06-14 21:11
Great prize. Thanks
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0 # Sarah Morris 2018-06-14 22:14
Ooh, serious/sad film is The Green Mile, pure escapism film is While you were Sleeping.
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0 # MELANIE STIRLING 2018-06-14 22:36
The Sound of music,I love joining in with all the songs.
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0 # Alice Gilkes 2018-06-15 02:26
Great giveaway.
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0 # Karen Barrett 2018-06-15 06:47
Love Actually, love the feel good factor... plus Liam Neeson :)
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0 # Laura Todd 2018-06-15 07:07
ET its a oldie but a goodie!
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0 # Catherine Bullas 2018-06-15 09:26
Tootsie, Love Dustin Hoffman in it and it never fails to make me laugh.
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0 # Ruth Harwood 2018-06-15 09:41
Would love to take my son to the cinema!
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0 # A.E. ADKINS 2018-06-15 10:09
Don't have a favourite anything, it's very mood dependent but always enjoy Disneys Jungle Book
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0 # Richard Tyler 2018-06-15 14:51
The Shawshank Redemption, best film ever.
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0 # Margaret Gallagher 2018-06-15 16:12
Grease - still as popular today as in my hey dat
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0 # Char Keddy 2018-06-15 18:04
There are loads of amazing films but the first that pops to mind is Forrest Gump! An amazing, heartwarming, funny story with a fantastic music playlist to boot xx
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0 # Hon charlie cheung 2018-06-15 21:15
Anything Quentin Tarintino or Tim Burton - love their take on stories!
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0 # Angie McDonald 2018-06-15 21:43
I'd love to win this as I've never visited a Vue cinema before!
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0 # Sophie Roberts 2018-06-15 21:45
Stepmom because the story behind it is very realistic and upsetting and it always pulls at my heartstrings!
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0 # michelle oneill 2018-06-16 07:01
I love schindlers list - so emotional
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0 # Emma Fox 2018-06-16 09:56
Our favourite family film is The Boss Baby. My favourite film is Alien :lol:
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0 # Tammy Westrup 2018-06-16 10:46
I loved watching PS I love you - both a romantic and a tear jerker!
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0 # Emma Gibson 2018-06-16 11:27
My family would make good use of this.
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0 # Jessica Powell 2018-06-16 11:41
My favourite film is Grease - it's such a feel good movie!
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0 # Linda Ford 2018-06-16 12:28
My favourite film is Notting Hill, I'm a romantic at heart and love a good British film that makes me laugh and smile. The story is great and never grows old each time I watch it xx
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0 # Emma C 2018-06-16 12:42
My favourite is Love Actually - love how all the stories connect
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0 # Heather T 2018-06-16 15:07
A film that made me very happy, from another time in my life - Top Gun
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0 # Dale Dow 2018-06-16 15:57
My favourite film is How To Lose a Guy in 10 days, it's hilarious!
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0 # Judith MacInnes 2018-06-16 18:48
I love The Princess Bride - so many funny, quotable lines in it! Also ace cameos from Billy Crystal & Mel Smith!
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0 # Jo Hutchings 2018-06-16 19:09
I’ve got lots of favourites but maybe The Crow as it reminds me of my years as a teenage goth!
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0 # cat 2018-06-16 22:12
;-) My all time fav film is Some like it hot, never tire of watching it
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0 # Gillian Hitchen 2018-06-17 08:35
I love Casablanca, such a classic, so many great lines
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0 # katherine s 2018-06-17 08:52
My favourite film is Mary Poppins. Its an oldie but a classic. It makes me feel good and I love the songs.
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0 # Isabelle smith 2018-06-17 14:01
the hole, its a great thriller! early 2000s british film
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0 # Kim Neville 2018-06-17 14:09
I like Ironman as love the action and the gadgets in the film
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0 # amy bondoc 2018-06-17 14:55
sabrina, love is there when we are not looking for it ;)
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0 # Claire Woods 2018-06-17 15:37
We love the Avengers films because they contain all the super heros working together. We all enjoy the action in the films.
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0 # Simon C 2018-06-17 16:09
My favourite film is Aliens. It was just the right combination of sci-fi, action and scary bits for me. Bit of a shame they ruined it by making a whole bunch more films, and messing up the plot. (it's always a big danger sign when people start referring to films as a 'franchise')
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0 # Lorna Ledger 2018-06-17 17:07
oooh, I love a lot of films, but my all time favourite is The Elephant man, a great humble film
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0 # Nicola McC 2018-06-17 18:58
I love Gladiator because I'm a sucker for a sword and sandal movie!
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0 # Jamie Wallis 2018-06-18 08:33
I love Ghost. I know the words off by heart. It's the right mix of humour, romance and sadness even if the clothes are looking decidedly dogey now!
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0 # Sarah Blakebrough 2018-06-18 10:28
I couldn't possibly pick a favourite film, but my favourite at the moment is Hunt for the Wilder People. It's funny and heartwarming, well acted and just overall a lovely watch (even if it is sad in places).
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0 # Liam Bishop 2018-06-18 14:41
The Big Lebowski, it always makes me laugh and reminds me of my college days!
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0 # Amy Fidler 2018-06-18 17:12
This would help towards a family day out x
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0 # KARIM KHIMJI 2018-06-18 21:05
TITANIC, so emotional!
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0 # katrina walsh 2018-06-18 22:16
I love Wrong Turn. Scared the life out of me tho!
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