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"I'm Cathy"

Hello, I’m Cathy and I’m a 50 year old woman with HS disease. It’s difficult to go to the beach or pool as I need to get out right away, dry off and change immediately. Since I cover my wounds with gauze and tape, it’s not an easy task.

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"I'm Bryan"

Hello, my name is Bryan and I am a 40 year old male with HS disease. The pain, anxiety, fear, depression, disgust, and anger from HS all work against me daily, but I have been able to hold on so far!

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"I'm Amanda"

I was 23 when my symptoms started, and I received my diagnosis pretty quickly since I already had a good relationship with my dermatologist. I had cystic acne that I had almost cleared up with Accutane before my HS started.

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"I'm Shannon"

I’m a 23 year old woman with HS disease. Because of this condition, my self-esteem has suffered tremendously. I’m about to be married, and still wonder why my fiancé loves me so much? I feel like I don’t deserve it.

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"I'm Cheyenne"

I’m a 21 year old woman with HS disease. I don’t want to admit that most days I ball my eyes out wondering when I’ll be normal again. Other times I wonder when I will be able to think of myself as a good wife who can clean, cook, do laundry, and so on. There are so many things in life I took for granted before HS

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"I'm Brandi"

I’m a 31 year old woman living with HS Disease. This condition has caused my pain threshold to rise a great deal. You live in constant pain, but after a while either your body, or mind, develop ways to filter it out.

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"I'm Yvonne"

Hello, my name is Yvonne and I’m a 65 year old woman with HS disease. With this condition you can’t enjoy a proper social life as HS RULES. It’s up to it whether or not you can keep engagements; you have no control.

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a Dermatologist

"I'm a Dermatologist"

Along with being an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University, Dr. Melinda Gooderham is the Director of The SKiN CENTER FOR DERMATOLOGY. It’s the main dermatological practice in Peterborough, Ontario, a city of roughly 82,000 thousand people an hour and a half drive north east of Toronto. When she’s not teaching or at The Skin Center, she’s often attending conferences and seminars around the world.

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"I'm Crystal"

The pain is like nothing I have ever felt, there are days when I cannot even walk. The pain gets so bad that it blinds me and makes me not want to do anything. It can make me dizzy and keeps me soaking in Epson salt baths as much as possible for relief.

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