We all know the role placebos play in the medical process, and by the same token the role of a negative or positive attitude. One thing I have noticed is that if I think about them, my symptoms inevitably flare up. It is for this reason I've found working through the last couple months has helped me cope and in the last couple weeks, dressing nicely and going out socialising has made me feel great.... dare I say it has even helped me heal faster.
Healing faster, let me clarify that point. There is nothing that will speed up the body's natural healing process, that takes as long as it takes, but stopping yourself from scratching, rubbing or focusing on any given area can give your body the respite it needs to heal over.
I am still missing large chunks of hair on my head, which makes me feel extremely self conscious. Taking my parents out to dinner and movie this week, I dressed in a grey suit, crisp white shirt and fresh jeans (see below). Walking around South Yarra I felt like a million dollars, was not wondering about others gazing at me, I had back my usual confidence and swagger. Not surprisingly over the next few days my face and neck healed up and as I've continued to take time to look good, the healing has continued.
Today I caught up with a group of terrific friends from my university days. Nowadays the guys live all over the world, all flying in to spend time with one another. Will from Dubai, Kane from Canberra and many more examples. The feeling of them all taking an active interest in my recovery, hugging me and assuring me how proud they were of my attitude was amazing. As I write this I am smiling to myself and can't wait to see what the future brings.
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I'm was 28 years old and had been recommended topical Cortisone by dermatologists since I was 13, because of this my skin became persistently red across my face, arms and neck.
The solution is to cut the cortisone completely, but this process takes between 9 months to 4 years to recover from and came with many horrific side affects.
The video above explains exactly what has caused the red skin, swelling and many other terrible symptoms that I've battled for the last 10 years. You can view all the posts on the blog by using the blog archive further down the page.