Hello, my name is Mercedes and I’m a twenty four year old woman who was diagnosed with HS three years ago. I think it would be nice to have 1 day where I don’t have to worry about a disease that completely controls me.
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Hello, my name is Laura and I’m a 25 year old woman who has been living with HS for over a decade. HS is a messy and ugly condition, and it makes you feel messy and ugly as well. Differentiating between you and your condition is a battle in itself, one that I fight every morning in the mirror.
I wish there was a cure for HS because it changes your life for the worst. It is an awful smelling, emotionally draining and embarrassing disease that gives me feelings of worthlessness. I miss being able to do the things I used to like running, but any sports that involves moving freely I can’t do without pain. It’s a disease where people don’t believe you when you say your sick because one day you look fine, and the next you can barely move.
The biggest challenge I have living with the disease is being cautious about the clothes I wear. There are a couple of shirts I’d love to put on, but I’d be afraid of staining them. If I didn’t have HS, I wouldn’t be afraid to shave my underarms. I would be free to wear what I want.
My story is simple. In many ways, it’s a lot like yours – I have to work, I like to go to movies and concerts. I have a beautiful young daughter I love to be with. And I’ve got HS and it has prevented me many times from enjoying things that matter to me. Comments comments
I’m a writer who was a photographer that went to acting school where I specialized in directing. I feel that HS [and a rare form of Arthritis that occasionally manifests with it] has stolen my adult life before I had a chance to live it. It’s for that reason I’ve become devoted to increasing the awareness of the disease.