This is My Story

Cameron C.
United States
I have been dealing with skin issues my whole life - acne, sensitivity, sunburns, and sweating. Hyperhidrosis of my hands and feet has been a source of my embarrassment and annoyance for so many years. I was always too afraid to hold hands on first dates, too self-conscious to shake hands with job interviewers, and too embarrassed to talk about my condition. Only after hearing others share their stories have I come to accept that this condition is not a fault, but merely a fact of many of our lives. I remember when I first told my best friend about my hyperhidrosis; I will never forget the acceptance he offered me. Being vulnerable and sharing that I suffer from a stigmatized condition is anxiety-inducing, but necessary for me to move toward self-acceptance and self-love.