Myparents always narrated that they remember me having sweaty feet andhands when I was young, but I only remembered the ordeal after Iturned 10 years old. By that time, I had understood that I had amedical condition that meant that I sweated excessively, and it couldbe uncomfortable for me as a young girl. My worst moments used to beat school whereby I used to drench my writing materials with mypalms, and I was also embarrassed due to the constant underarmpatches that appeared on my clothes. Feeling uncomfortable forced meto be wearing a blazer even on sunny days making my stay in schoolvery unbearable.
Currently,my problem becomes uncomfortable at school because I am a very socialperson and like hanging out with friends hence, it becomes hard forme to shake hands with them. In the University, I am involved in manyactivities which somewhat prove quite challenging due to mycondition. I am also a volunteer in some activities, like thediabetes club, which I formed, love traveling, and making trips withfriends. I would have been a happy teenager, like most of my schoolmates, were it not for fear of stigmatization thus, I preferredbeing secluded to indulging in some activities, which my friendscarried out.
I was afraid of my medical condition until last year when adocumentary helped me change my view on hyperhidrosis. Thedocumentary was about a young woman named Kara who had the problem ofhyperhidrosis since she was a child. Kara explained in detail how shehad difficulties opening doors or holding glass-made things becauseof slipperiness of her hands. Kara also narrated that her mother atfirst did not understand what her problem was and whenever shedropped utensils her mother would get angry. The documentary alsotalked about how a victim can embrace the condition and find otherpeople suffering the same condition and share with them. By sharingthe problem with other patients, it helps a victim to feel wanted byrealizing that they are not alone.
Thefirst step to the recovery journey is for the victim to accept thatthey have a medical problem. I used to behave like most victims, whosuffer in silence and hide the condition from the public for fear ofbeing victimized by their peers. To curb this scenario, I decided tocome up with a health club and also a Facebook page that can help mereach more people who can share their stories and make peopleunderstand the condition. Until last year, I used to be afraid ofsharing my problem with other people however, currently, I freelydiscuss my condition with any individual just to make them understandwhat it entails as well as how they can help other victims face itwithout any stigmatization.
Myplan is to make people understand that what I am undergoing is justbut a medical condition just like any other and not a viral disease.Most people make the assumption that people of who have hyperhidrosisalso smell due to excessive sweat. That is not the case thus,hyperhidrosis victims should not be stigmatized. At my age, I gotused to the condition and am slowly adapting to it as well as helpingother victims embrace it too. The best way to help other people ishelping them understand coping mechanisms that I have learned so far.Accepting that a person has a problem helps him or her to beconfident even when facing his or her friends.