Having eczema doesn’t mean being a victim.  Everyday is a new opportunity to heal and live.  This blog is my story and a chance to tell yours too.

My name is Jamie.  Though I may be anonymous to most of you, my eczema never will be.  Nonetheless it doesn’t change who I am, in fact, it makes me a better and stronger person.  This blog was inspired by three people – My loving, wonderful sister Dianne who has done nothing but support me and love me in unconditional ways, all the ways a sister can love.  To my boyfriend, who has watched me cry countless tears of hopelessness and brought me back to reality.  He’s the one person who reminds me I’m writing this blog because it’s personal therapy and he knows it will help so many others.  And to my professor for forcing me to do a blogging assignment, haha.

I’m a 26-year-old college student, studying journalism at a university in California.  I was born with eczema and have had it all my life.  I am one of five children (I fall second in the line-up) and I am the only one of my siblings who have the skin condition.  In fact, before my cousin Matthew was born four years ago, I was the only one in my entire family with eczema.  Though it’s gotten increasingly better over the years, I have yet to be lucky enough to see it leave my body.  I still consider myself a lucky woman, however, because it’s given me the ability to sympathize with others, share my story and it’s given me the determination to find a way of healing physically and emotionally for myself as well as others.

A little bit more about me:

I adore… my life. As cheesy as it sounds, I love my life now.  I’m back in school, I have the greatest friends, supportive siblings and a wonderful man to share it all with.

  • I can listen to myself talk for hours, I never have nothing to say.  Writing is my deepest passion, whether it’s writing blogs, news stories, fiction, a letter or an email.  My pen is my closest companion.
  • I enjoy reading. I’ve recently becomes obsessed with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  Peeta Mellark is now my fictional husband.  We were married in my dreams.
  • I’m in love with Jimmy Fallon, maybe more than my boyfriend (but only by just a little… Sorry honey if you’re reading this).
  • I think Abraham Lincoln is the most interesting president.  I’ve learned a lot about him this semester and just saw “Lincoln” the movie last Thursday.  No, not the movie where he hunts vampires.  Though I can see where y’all could’ve made that mistake.
  • I have a love for country music even though I live in a big city now.
  • My favorite color is purple and I like animal print.
  • Pepsi is just about the only soda I will drink though it’s a rarity.
  • I’ll eat even when I’m not hungry just for the pure reason I like to eat.

I can’t stand…

  • Sunlight peeking through my windows or distant humming of a lawn mower on the rare occasions I’m trying to sleep in.
  • Bad drivers because they’re asking for a death wish but I’m not.  And please use your blinkers.
  • Orange and yellow.
  • The smell of old people even though I know most times they can’t help it (most times).
  • The smell of coffee.
  • Shopping for jeans.

Email: EczemaMemoirs@yahoo.com

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