For Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month this year, I had the amazing opportunity to share my story of living with Hh on a larger scale. The International Hyperhidrosis Society approached me earlier this year to ask if I would consider being a part of their Awareness Month campaign and tell my #HhStory. Although I am usually pretty secret about my condition, I decided to take the leap and trust that a video like this could help others living with Hh and spread awareness and understanding. It’s always important to me to portray Hh as NOT just a little sweat. The video really captures the struggles I’ve faced and the obstacles I’ve had to overcome to get through each and every day. My story is just one of many from millions of other Hh sufferers all over the world. You are not alone. We are in this together.
So, without further ado, here’s my story.
So, I guess my secret isn’t so secret anymore…and that’s okay.
Thank you to the International Hyperhidrosis Society for this opportunity and to my husband and mom who joined me to share their experiences of having someone with Hh in their lives.
To all my family and friends – thank you for your never-ending love and support ❤
Now that you have some tips for telling people about HH, I present you with a challenge: Tell someone new about your HH this week!
Telling people about my HH has made me feel more comfortable in my own skin and has helped me cope with the emotional aspects of the condition.
I am less anxious when I go to rehearsals with my quintet because they know why I need to use a towel sometimes. I am less embarrassed and self-conscious as I sweat uncontrollably in the hot summer sun when I’m out with a friend because they know I can’t help it.
Now, I want to hear from you!
Please leave a comment about a time you told someone about your HH.
How did you do it?
What was their reaction?
How did you feel?
Did your relationship with that person change?
How is your relationship with that person now?
Good luck, and as always, thanks for reading!
If you have Hyperhidrosis, check out this new Quality of Life survey: http://www.hidroqol.org/
It’s different from the previous survey because it focuses on our experience with the condition over a longer period of time (21 days).
The survey doesn’t take very long, and there will be only 3 surveys in total. After completing the initial survey, you will receive a survey after 8 days and then again after 21 days.
Please take this survey if you suffer from HH! Results from this study will help improve the diagnosis of HH and ultimately contribute to improving our quality of life.
I am having a problem with the overactive blushing symptom of HH recently. I’ve been given a lot more responsibility at work, and maybe I’ve just been more nervous and anxious than usual, but my neck and chest are blotching up like crazy!
It’s so frustrating and embarrassing. I see coworkers looking at it, and one has even made a comment. I try to explain that it’s part of my condition, but I don’t go much into detail.
All I can do is be strong, and look them in the eye. I try to ignore it. This takes a lot of will power, as you know.
When people with HH blotch up, we can feel it. At least with me, there is heat on the skin of my chest and I know immediately that I am having a blushing problem.
I want to tell everyone that I can’t help it and that I’m sensitive about it.
Other ways you can cope with overacting blushing are:
1. wear scarves
2. wear large necklaces to cover it up
3. keep your chin down so the neck isn’t fully exposed
4. in a meeting, hold your notepad in front of your chest
5. or- let your blotching continue to the point where your entire chest and neck area are all the same color red. I almost prefer this to the inconsistent blotching. I think it is less noticeable.
These tips may sound silly and probably aren’t fully effective. But, these are my personal coping mechanisms that make me feel a little better about it.
At any rate, remember to breathe and drink water.
I had a meeting today where blotching and blushing was a real problem. I ended up with a terrible headache from the anxiety I put myself through. Yet, no one said a thing.
All my best to you out there…welcoming the cooler weather!