Last updated: May 2019
Recently, I attended an eczema meet-up in California. And as expected, it was AWESOME!
A meet-up is simply another word for gathering. When fellow warrior, Linette Roungchun, announced that she was hosting a get together for the eczema community, I couldn’t help but jump in excitement. I live for opportunities when I can connect with people, share stories, and re-create purpose on the importance of in-person interaction.
As someone who has been sharing her eczema story since 2016, I’m like a proud mom when I see our online community growing and expanding. I’m seeing more and more eczema-related profiles being built on a daily basis, warriors unhiding their eczema and sharing their stories, and the average person learning about a skin condition that affects 30 million Americans.
Can things get any better?!
Adding personalities to online profiles, and being face-to-face with fellow warriors makes eczema and the challenges it brings appear insignificant. It’s like meeting long-lost family members and connecting for the first time. Although eczema is ultimately the reason why we come together, I always leave these events gaining more than what I came with.
When we come together, it’s more than just about eczema. It’s about:
- Feeling inspired and hopeful that healing is possible
- Gaining a deeper insight into each other’s stories and seeing how it parallels our own journey
- Learning the different practices and products that can support us in managing our eczema
- Appreciating our similarities and respecting our differences
It’s an opportunity to make each person know and feel that they matter.
That’s why these eczema meet-up groups are so important! Here are some tips on how to meet other warriors in person!
Join eczema online community groups
This is a great start to meeting other eczema warriors and establish a connection. Health Union, National Eczema Association and Facebook all have great platforms you can join. Join multiple and see which one is a fit for you!
Create your own meet-up
Once you have established trust, visibility and connection online, plan and create your very own meet-up. Maybe you just want to connect with one person or make it a group thing. Either way, creating that face-to-face interaction with another warrior is worth it!
Join our eczema meet-up
A couple of eczema warriors and I are planning on holding more in person meet-up events. Don’t want to miss out? Join our Meetup, so you can stay in touch with future events.
Are you attending the biggest meet-up of 2019? The National Eczema Association puts on a yearly expo for patients, caregivers, and those in the medical industry. It's a MUST! I look forward to this event every year because of how life-changing it is! You can find more information about it here.
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