Shoutout To My Support System
I’m not going to lie… eczema sucks! The direct toll the disease has on my skin (and mind) can be unbearable at times. Fortunately, I have a team of close individuals that help me push forward when the going gets tough. Whether it’s emotional support, medical advice, or a little assistance with applying some cream to my back, I know I can count on my support circle to help me when I need it most. Below, I’ll share with you who is part of my support team, and why they are such a valuable asset to my health.
Mom and Dad
I’m fortunate enough to have two parents that would do absolutely anything for me (Shout out to Chuck and Dee!). Over the years, they have both supported me with all aspects of my health care. Growing up, I never had to worry about how my treatment would be funded, if I’d receive the appropriate care, or concern myself with how I’d get to an appointment. My parents have always taken care of me with a smile on their face and have never asked for anything in return. They are truly my rock, and I owe everything to them.
Rachel, AKA Bae. Rachel and I have been seeing each other for a little over a year and a half. From day one, she has always been accepting of me and my skin. When we first started dating, I was in the process of getting approved for Dupixent. At that time, my skin was in rough shape and I was worried about the longevity of our relationship. Despite my concerns, she saw me for who I am and let me know that she wasn’t going anywhere.
My boy Addison has been there for me since we first met sophomore year of high school. We don't always discuss my skin issues, but when we do, he’s there to lend his support when I need it. If I’m having a tough time coping with my eczema, or I'm in need of a skin-positive comment, he always knows what to say to cheer me up.
Dr. Henderson is my dermatologist and is one of the more recent additions to my support circle. Not only does she see me, but she was originally referred to me by my dad, who has extensive skin issues of his own. Unlike other dermatologists I’ve had in the past, I feel like she allows me to have a say in my eczema treatment.
When I first spoke with her about starting Dupixent, she was more than happy to be my champion for the authorization process. Without her hard work and persistent support, it may have taken much longer for me to begin this life-changing medication.
Dr. M is my allergist and has been a member of my eczema support team since I was a little kid. Typically, he only treats children and adolescents with their allergic disorders, but since I’ve been a patient for so long, he has been kind enough to see me into adulthood. Even though I only see him once a year, I always look forward to our appointment. He always has something funny to say, and I can tell that he truly cares about my health and my concerns surrounding it.
It might sound like a cliché, but the AtopicDermatitis.net community has also been a valuable member of my support circle. All of the contributors and website visitors share a wealth of tips and tricks that I apply to my eczema treatment. The site has also provided me with a cathartic outlet to share my own experiences and to let other #EczemaWarriors know that they're not alone. My only regret is that I did not learn about AtopicDermatitis.net sooner!
Who is a part of your eczema support system, and why are they important to you?
Did you know October is eczema awareness month?