If you have eczema, you're far from being alone. This is where you can hear other patients' experiences of living with and managing eczema. If you’d like to share your own story, please get in touch with us!
My name is Amelia and i'm a teen. I've had eczema since I was in pre-school, as a little kid it never affected me much, no one asked me questions or bullied me, I was pretty oblivious myself that I had eczema. In 4th grade that all changed, I switched schools to a performing arts school because I LOVE acting, at the school I got bullied every single day about my skin. I wore long pants, long sleeves shirts and boots everyday even in the summer because I did not want anyone seeing my skin. In fifth grade I moved back to my old school with all my friends but fourth grade had left a permanent mark on me, I was spiralling towards depression and suicide because of my skin and those mean bullies. Finally I told my mom about my depression and she brought me to a therapist. In sixth grade I was given stronger eczema medication to help with my skin. This year I got diagnosed with depression, and I know it was mostly because of those bullies. I still do suffer from eczema and it's a daily battle but it's getting better and I take better care of myself. This year I got accepted into a modeling agency and I am working my way towards becoming an actor. I more understand my skin and I know without eczema I wouldn't be the same person I am today, I often say if I could choose between having eczema and not having I would choose having it because it has made me strong.