So…H.S. (Hidradenitis Suppurativa) really sucks. I’ve struggled with it for much of my life, and it’s definitely been a huge source of insecurity for me. H.S. is an inflammatory disease of the hair follicle which manifests in skin lesions and boils. These lesions eventually weep, resulting in pain and significant scarring in the affected area(s). The most common affected areas are the armpits, under the breasts, inner thighs and groin. I’ve struggled with H.S. mostly in my inner thigh areas, which has left me with a lot of scarring and significance discoloration. More recently over the past few years, I’ve developed H.S. a little in my armpits and under my boobs :(.
As a 90s kid, I grew up before social media. Sure, we had AIM and various chat rooms, but Instagram, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, etc. were non existent. Therefore, I really didn’t have the opportunity to speak to other people who had H.S. When I entered middle-school and the more my symptoms progressed, the more isolated and insecure I felt. I had a couple of other family members who suffered with the disease, but aside from them, I felt alone in my struggle.
It wasn’t until I was in high school that I was formally diagnosed with having H.S., and it was the first time I didn’t feel alone in my struggle. I started googling the disease, and I realized that it’s pretty common. I even found some helpful tips for treating H.S., and overall I felt hopeful that living with this condition was truly not the end of the world.
H.S. still sucks though. I still have break outs from time to time, and they’re painful. Plus, I absolutely hate the scarring that I’m left with. However, I’m finally in a place to where the disease is manageable for me. If you’re struggling with H.S., you’re not along, trust me.