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Three Scores and One Year Ago

by Donna Atherton, Editor-in-Chief

Due to the potential fire hazard, the fire department has refused a permit for my birthday cake this week.  So, instead of blowing out candles, I’d like to share a few things I have learned from the family caregivers I’ve met in my three scores and one year on this planet.


You are not alone.  Although many times it may feel as if you are the only one who understands your life, and your condition, there is help and support.    


You can get help from friends and relatives (not all of them perhaps.)  You just need to learn what to ask for and how to ask.


No matter how you may roll your eyes at the thought, the best way you can care for yourself is to keep doctors' appointments and take prescribed medications.  Be proactive in your medical care.  

I hope this year to receive the same gift that I’ve been blessed with over the past 6 years of publishing, and that is being able to provide advocacy, support, and education to my fellow HS patients.  I hope to see you face to face at in-person conferences.  Especially, HS-Foundation's upcoming SHSA conference in October 2022.  So, if you don’t mind, today as every day, I would like to continue celebrating you and all you do living with hidradenitis suppurativa.   

Now, back to blowing out those candles. 

Stay well,



Our Impact This Year

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