"I'm Katy"

The Human body actually baffles me. My body works against me but it is also capable of these amazing things – like magical moments of skin growth.


"I'm Cindy"

My symptoms started when I was in in my early 20’s, and it took another 15 years before a family doctor diagnosed me with the condition. I am still able to work watching children, but have to do so from home. The HS in my groin area prevents me from doing anything else. The pain I’d describe as very bad, and I have to take Tylenol 1-3 times a day because of it. I’m not on any medication currently for my HS because nothing has helped, but I’m hoping to find out about Humira and if it’s available in Alberta, Canada.


"I'm Adria"

I was 8 when my symptoms started, and it took another 10 years to receive my HS Diagnosis from a Primary care physician. Currently, I’m a registered nurse and have worked doing bedside care for 11 years before obtaining a position in information systems.


“I had large bumps on my groin area. At first, I thought they were pimples until they started getting really big, painful… I knew it wasn’t an STD because I was a virgin but I was too embarrassed to ask for help.”

“I do get periods when I feel like an alien or freak when I get a boil in the groin or bottom region. I feel like of all the things, why me?”

“I’m 40 and I feel like I’m untouchable. I don’t go out. I don’t date because I don’t feel comfortable. It’s disgusting.”


“I don’t think any one of us here likes the fact that we live with HS – so why would anyone else?”

“It makes me feel good to be here and be around other people who know what I’m going through.”

“People actually listen to me when I describe what’s happening.”

Sharing experiences and stories helps.  We’re Listening. Every Voice Matters.


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