Blog #4: Eczema Blog Part 1: My Story, My Journey

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This photo shows some of the different medical supplies I have used to care for skin infections or my skin weeping when it breaks down from scratching and dryness.  I will talk about medical supplies in a later eczema blog post.

I have suffered with severe, painful, volatile, life-disturbing chronic eczema for over 25 years.  Eczema effects over 5 million Canadians and 40 million Americans, and it continues to increase.  I started getting rashes on and off as a baby, and would get taken to the doctor when the rashes would arise to ensure it was nothing more than it seemed.  As I grew into a child though, my once little rashes began to turn into larger rashes.  They began taking up large areas, seemingly taking up permanent residence on my body.

***Now hold on, before I continue, I need to let you know what an amazing help, lifeline and angel my mom has been in my life.  She has been an importantly MASSIVE blessing throughout my health struggles.  My mom was a registered nurse for over 30 years and she took care of me through my sickest years.  She was ALWAYS there for me in the trenches of illness: At every doctor’s appointment, every dermatologist appointment, every skin specialist, allergy specialist, every 6 to 10 hour Emergency hospital visit/wait – my mom was there with me.  Every full-body (scalp to toe)  skin infection that I got;  Whenever I needed help to bathe because I was in excruciating pain; Whenever I needed to be wrapped up in gauze from infections or weeping skin – my mom was there.

(I am actually crying as I’m writing this because my mom and I have been through a lot together and I feel overwhelmed right now.)

If it weren’t for my mom and her nursing background plus her in-depth medical knowledge, I would have died a long time ago. Period. My mom knew a lot about the medications doctors tried to put me on (both topically and orally), and she was able to navigate the medical world pretty easily with my best interest at heart. And of course, she was highly skilled at caring for wounded people.  All of that was infinitely helpful in my case.

I’m 100% positive that my mother was meant to my mother. It’s absolutely stunning to me how fortunate I am that she was “assigned” to me for this life.

🌹❤️ I love you so much mom. I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me. ❤️🌹***

I needed to highlight my mom before I went too deep into my eczema journey.  I will continue what I was saying prior to praising my mom in Eczema Blog #2 (Part 2)! 🙌 🙂

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Christina, It is heartening to read your appreciation and expression of gratitude for your mother, who stood by you in your difficult days and helped you to cope with the health issues. Happy to know that you have re- explored the natural methods of treatment and are finding those effective. Wish you a complete recovery. 🙂

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    1. 13hales says:

      Hi Somali! 😀 🌸 I literally JUST say your comment! Lol. Sorry, for the delayed response, I had no clue you replied. I’m still learning to navigate areas of my blog, as I’ve only had my blog for 1 month. Truly appreciate your comment. I love my mom SO much. Thank you for the recovery well wish! 🙌 This blog is a constructive and positive vehicle for me to express myself​ and what I have gone through. My health issues is a topic I never talked to people about because​ it was already choking my life and overwhelming me. I did not want it to consume my conversations with friends and acquaintances too. I also didn’t want to complain and perpetuate negativity, so I didn’t see the point in bringing up my health issues with people who wouldn’t understand anyway. There was a long time in my life where I could not hide my eczema because​ it covered my whole body, still I wouldn’t talk about it, lol. Now that I’m way healthier than I used to be, and it takes up just half of my body approximately, I can hide it better by the clothing I chose to wear. And still, I would not talk about it. This blog is helping me to heal spiritually and emotionally. All of my blogs, both now and what will come this year, is coming from my truth. My experiences. My pain. My suffering. Because I have been silent for so long, my words are powerful. I want God to take my words to the right eyes and people worldwide to help them. I know I can help because​ I have been through the darkness. I am not talking theory here, lol. I know I can shed light not only to people suffering with eczema around the world, but normal people who just want to live healthier lives.

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      1. I understand that expressing yourself through your writing will unburden your heart and heal emotionally and spiritually. At the same time it will help others to know what are the issues associated with eczema and the kind of support and mindset that is needed to deal with the issues. God bless. ☺

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      2. 13hales says:

        Thank you! God bless you too! 😀

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