I am a mother of three fantastic children aged 14, 5 and 4 (my youngest child is a severe sufferer of eczema and has been since her toddler moments), and I have enjoyed a career in sales and marketing for twenty years. My career has spanned both the not-for-profit and in more recent years in the pharmaceutical industry, heading up the sales and marketing functions, where I have gained experience in rheumatology and extensive experience in dermatology, with a particular focus on acne, clinically dry skin, and eczema with an in-depth knowledge of emollients and topical preparations.
I am not a medic; I am a mum with many years’ experience of both industry and child, pushing for the best treatment and probably like you not giving up! I have also learned a few tricks along the way which may or may not work for you, but I am happy to share.
In my spare time (which is rare), I take my crew of 3 down to Devon for family time and we hang out on the beach, attempt some sailing with our wider family and hit the parks like everyone else. The summer sun can prove to be a problem for my youngest one, but we are finding ways to combat the sun, suncare and the combination of eczema also.
I am passionate about dermatology and the access to dermatological services (with knowledge, education and freedom of choice) driving the move toward the expert patient. I am fully aware of the distress that eczema can cause to both the sufferer and the family and we are still as a little family unit coping with the ups and downs that eczema can bring to everyday life.
I believe that with help, support and the right mix of treatment eczema can become a part of everyday life but without the right guidance and knowledge of where to go and what is available, eczema can take over your life. I hope that through my blog I will be able to offer some help and non-medical guidance and support to help you cope with the everyday trials and tribulations that coping with eczema may sometimes bring to you or your family.