This hit me right in the heart! I had to stop reading for a moment just to integrate the idea of feeling shame with illness. Instantly I knew it was true. Thank you for bringing attention to this!
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I’m about half way through Brené Brown’s “I Thought it Was Just Me – Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame”. It’s a compelling read. A REALLY compelling read.
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It is teaching me a lot. And it’s making me think…
For the longest time I never talked about the fact that I suffer from Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). I just told people I had ‘skin problems’.
And, I’d hazard a guess that unless you, or someone you love, suffers from the disease, you’ve probably never heard of it. HS is a chronic and painful skin condition that features pea-sized to marble-sized lumps under the skin. These deep-seated lumps typically develop where skin rubs together. Places like the armpits, groin, between the buttocks and under the breasts. In many cases, tunnels connecting the lumps will form under the skin, too. Sometimes these lumps can last…
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