"I'm Yvonne"

Hello, my name is Yvonne and I’m a 65 year old woman with HS disease. With this condition you can’t enjoy a proper social life because HS RULES. It’s up to it whether or not you can keep engagements; you have no control.

a Dermatologist

"I'm a Dermatologist"

Along with being an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University, Dr. Melinda Gooderham is the Director of The SKiN CENTER FOR DERMATOLOGY. It’s the main dermatological practice in Peterborough, Ontario, a city of roughly 82,000 thousand people an hour and a half drive north east of Toronto. When she’s not teaching or at The Skin Center, she’s often attending conferences and seminars around the world.


"I'm Crystal"

The pain is like nothing I have ever felt, there are days when I cannot even walk. The pain gets so bad that it blinds me and makes me not want to do anything. It can make me dizzy and keeps me soaking in Epson salt baths as much as possible for relief.


“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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