My boyfriend and I very recently joined a Bible study group at our church. Since I'll be seeing this same new group of people over and over again on a regular basis, it means it's time I have to explain PKU all over again. I haven't done this in awhile. All my friends and co-workers know quite a bit about PKU, and I'm always bringing my special pastas and breads and formula with me around them. I get tired of explaining it and having to answer questions every time I meet someone new though: "No I can't eat protein, yes that means I don't eat meat, no I can't have soy, no I can't have bread, etc, etc..." Tomorrow the group is having a BBQ...since this is the first situation that eating together has come up...guess what? I'm bringing fruit salad &amp; homemade guacamole. It will be good, but since the food list was exchanged, I know it will also probably be the only food there that i can eat. I am NOT looking forward to explaining all this to a bunch of semi-strangers. I was venting to my boyfriend about how I wasn't looking forward to this. His response was "don't worry, I understand." I had to nicely say, "please, if anything, don't say you understand. You don't." Anyway...I'll be ok but I just needed to vent to some people who understand. Thanks for listening!