14-year-old Lauren Robinson from Colorado has a rare dairy allergy. Not only must she avoid consuming any dairy products, but her allergy is so severe that being near anyone who has recently consumed dairy could kill her -- which, of course, makes it impossible to be a normal high school student. Lauren works from home and sends a camera-equipped robot to her classes so that she can participate remotely.
The WiFi-enabled robot, called the VGo, is the next best thing to actually being able to attend school. It scoots through the hallways with a camera connecting to Lauren's at-home desk so that she can interact with her peers and teachers. Despite the challenges of her allergy, Lauren has never let it get her down.
"I have this food allergy, but I also have a lot of friends and a really cute boyfriend!" says Lauren. "So I have a pretty good life."
Lauren does have a good life -- she's young and in love. Her 17-year-old boyfriend, Josh Flores, is happy to brush his teeth, wash his hands, and shower so that he can be around her and kiss her.
"I wouldn't change it for the world," he says. "I want to be with Lauren as much as possible. To me, she is the most flat-out amazing person."
Lauren will face challenges as she plans to go away for college, but with such a fantastic support network at home, she knows that the people she loves will be there for her.
Now that spring is here and love is in the air, we've been hearing all kinds of amazing and inspiring stories of teenage romance. 17-year-old Ashley Shay from Iowa asked her childhood crush to prom on a billboard, and he said yes! And in a truly heart-warming story of love conquering all, teen sweethearts Betty Hove and John Grosch (85 and 87, respectively) were finally reunited, 70 years after they first fell in love.
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