After 10 long years spent trying to survive being a teenager with eczema, my skin finally and gradually healed over the years to become the manageable state it is today.
But now when my eczema has gotten better and I am merely left with scars instead of open wounds, what hurts the most is when there are people who try to “fix” me and change my appearance to look better. That desire from people to erase a part of me because it doesn’t look ‘good’ makes me feel abnormal, and sometimes that hurts more than the open flesh wounds I used to have.
Maybe these battle scars will remain forever, but it feels like I’ve been given a whole new lease on life. In this New Year, I hope that everyone with eczema can find their inner peace, and that the community can learn to be more supportive and accepting of us instead of always trying to “fix” us.
We may feel broken sometimes, but that doesn’t make us broken people.
So one of the really cool and amazing things that some final-year Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information (WKWSCI) students from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore do is to choose a social issue that they feel for and strive to make a real impact in the lives of people via a social campaign.
This year, one of the campaigns that I have a vested interest in is of course, one about eczema:
They've been doing things like going to schools to spread awareness and good information about how to handle having eczema, sharing on talk shows, and just talking about it more (which definitely helps).
Through all this, I hope they'll be able to change society's view of eczema from one that's met with fear and disgust, to a warm, positive, and accepting one.
I shared a tiny part of my heart in their little shoutouts from eczema warriors on their Facebook page too (same text at the beginning of this post!).
Do go like their page and show your support for everyone who has to wear their heart on their sleeve!