A man clutches onto a few items that he is most thankful for, including lotions and topicals.

What I Am Thankful For

As many people do, I spend the month of November giving thanks every day, not just on Thanksgiving. It’s sometimes hard to come up with what I’m grateful for, especially when it’s about my eczema, but this year has been a surprisingly great year for my eczema and physical health. Today I am sharing what I’m thankful for.

T

I’m thankful for the TREATMENTS I use for my eczema. Without them my rashes would be out of control, constantly swollen and itchy. But with them, my eczema is smooth and as itch-free as it can be.

H

I’m thankful for the HELP I get from my family. When I’m out to eat or grocery shopping, they always help me stick to my diet and they are always encouraging me to eat better.

A

I’m thankful for my AUTHORITY over my unhealthy cravings, hardly giving into and not eating foods that will result in a flare.

N

I’m thankful for the NATURAL foods that I eat. Smoothie bowls, salads, sandwiches, etc. If I didn’t eat this way, I would constantly be in a flare, covered head to toe in eczema.

K

I’m thankful for how KIND and understanding my friends are. They know I can’t eat everything as they do and they don’t make me feel bad about bringing over my own food.

S

I’m thankful for my SELF-CONTROL over scratching. The burning and itching can become unbearable, but thankfully instead of aggressively scratching it, I use balms to sooth it.

G

I’m thankful for not having a GIANT flare up this year. I’ve had a few flare-ups this year and developed rashes in some entirely new areas of my body. Luckily none of them have been extremely bad. They’ve been painful, but it’s hardly as bad as my flare-ups use to be.

I

I’m thankful that the temptation of eating fast food has been INEFFECTIVE. I used to get excited about the idea of eating out and having a Wendy’s sandwich or a taco from Taco Bell, but now I’m much more content with staying at home and making my own sandwiches and tacos.

V

I’m thankful that my eczema hasn’t been as VISIBLE as it has been the last couple of years. Due to making changes to my diet and applying my creams to it daily, it’s hardly been noticeable. It’s obviously still there, but people don’t seem to notice it as much and even I’ll sometimes forget about it!

I

I’m incredibly thankful that the ITCHING hasn’t been as extreme as it usually is. It used to burn and itch constantly, now it hardly does at all.

N

I’m thankful that nobody has said anything NEGATIVE about it this year. My biggest fear of being in public is that someone will see it and make a rude comment about it.

G

Finally, I’m extremely thankful that I decided to go GLUTEN-FREE. In the last few years, I’ve noticed how much gluten has affected both my eczema, acne and abdominal inflammation.

What are you thankful for this year?

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