before i begin my monthly documentation..
to whoever’s reading this, i have a few questions for you.
1) do you live in a tropical region (humid and warm all year round)?
2) does your skin get better within 2 years?
i was wondering if climate is one of the reason why many of you are seeing a deviation in your healing pattern. some of you are flaring really badly at month 20 onwards. by then i’m pretty much able to function normally again.
let me know what you think.
my flaring history:
first flare started when i stopped steroids, it died down by month 3.
month 4 onwards it began to go into a second flare, in month 8 it was in full bloom. it dragged on for the next 12 months making very slow progress.
by month 21 i am not oozing anymore.
no tiny updates throughout the month means my skin is pretty stable for my 42nd month.
small cycles still occur, but the magnitude and severity is lessening over time.
curious rashes appear on my hand only to die down after 2-3 weeks. it’s still visibly drier there but it’s not red anymore.
my neck and upper chest area continue to be the weaker part on my body. the skin there appear thinner and i can see some wrinkles, pigmentation, and redness. and it gets irritated when i am soaked in my sweat.
other than that, everything else seems to be making steady progress.
i had some dry and rough skin near my back since.. hmm.. i’d say early april or may, they never bothered me, i can just see them slightly redder and raised in the mirror. over the months they flatted, turned slightly brownish and still dry, and finally being normal once again right now.
i haven’t been using moisturizer for a while just to see how my skin react to it. the skin on my body and arms seems fine, but the skin on my legs look kinda dry when i scrutinize it. it’s as though i can see scales on the surface.
sigh, steroids. what have you done to me.
no other complains so far 😀
no makeup and no filter face as of 10 september 2014.
stay strong peeps!
i only share my photos here to show you all what will become of you when TSW heals. i’m not here to incite any envy or disappointment in your healing progress.
take note that even though our symptoms are very similar, different people have different healing time. this is me 3.5 years after stopping steroids. i still have some minor remnant rashes and damaged skin over my body which are still recovering.
JUST KEEP YOUR HEADS UP NO MATTER WHAT.
try really hard.
of course i know that if you’re not on the same page as me, then no matter what kind of disclaimers i make, they simply won’t get inside your head and you’ll still be negative about the entire situation.
i’ll just say this one last time: THIS IS WHERE YOU’LL BE AT IN TIME TO COME.
ask yourself “what can i do to make myself feel better till then?”
“why am i not there yet?”.
stay strong, and good luck.