Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on October 10, 2018
Medline Plus: "Hidradenitis Suppurativa."<br> American Academy of Dermatology: "Hidradenitis Suppurativa."<br> Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Inflamed/Infected Sweat Glands (hidradenitits)."<br> NORD: "Hidradenitis Suppurativa."
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Don't forget or lose your true self. You are more than the pain, pus, blood, and boils. You are better than HS.
You always think, why me? But you can’t sit there and let your downfall be your uphill. I have to fight back and be like, no, HS can’t have me. I have HS. And that’s how it’s going to be.
Remember that you're beautiful in spite of this disease. No matter how tough it gets, you are loved and valued.
The main thing about handling this disease is to find your triggers. HS affects everyone differently, so figuring out what causes your flares is key. Baths are great for pain relief!
Don’t let a few abscesses stop you from living. Just think about the times you didn’t have any. All you need is time to heal.
I’ve learned that the scars I’ve gotten from HS are permanent reminders that I’m a survivor. HS doesn’t define me as a burden to others, but as a strong individual.
HS is very painful and draining. Sometimes I'm self-conscious about my scarred-up body. I remind myself that I have HS, it doesn't have me. I am beautiful.
HS disrupted my life from how I envisioned it would be. It hasn’t conquered my spirit though. And I’ve found new strength that I never knew existed inside of me.
When the pain gets too hard to handle, embrace it. Because it's all mental. Flare-ups are temporary.
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