Living with the stigma of a medical condition!
When I tell people that I had a colostomy, nine times out of ten they look at me blankly. People don’t know what that means. When I explain to people what exactly it is, I get this funny look and it’s usually accompanied with “I thought old people had those” and I can’t even deny the fact that until I had one, I thought that too!
I would never in a million years have believed that someone like me, an average relatively young person, who had always been super healthy would be left living with a colostomy. And yet, there I was, at age 32, suddenly fitting into a box of “things old people have” and I hated it.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I should tell people that I have one because I didn’t want to be judged. I didn’t want my friends to look at me differently or treat me like anything had changed but the truth is, it had! EVERYTHING had changed. I was now someone who had to think about the fact that other people might think I’m weird or perhaps even gross.
In my particular case, I decided to use this blog to make people aware of my situation. To bring information to people who didn’t know what a colostomy was. I chose to be outspoken and to inform people and it made a huge difference to my life. Not everyone has that option or wants to speak about it publicly and that’s okay too!
I was contacted by Iontoderma, a company that helps people who struggle with a condition called Hyperhidrosis which basically refers to excessive sweating. “It is a condition that isn’t often talked about because people are often too embarrassed or don’t know it’s a condition they can get treatment for.” Imagine living every single day not being able to shake hands with someone or hold hands with your partner because you’re ashamed of your excessive sweating. A condition that is absolutely no fault of your own!
They asked me if I’d like to collaborate with them and write about this often embarrassing condition.
My initial reaction to hearing about this device was that I don’t suffer with this condition so it’s not my issue to talk about but then I realised that stigma is stigma and so many people live every single day of their lives unable to find help for various conditions that they suffer from that the rest of the world either has no idea about or judges them about.
And if there’s one thing I understand it’s how horrible it can be to feel like your medical condition defines who you are and the things that you can do!
Writing about this company means that I can bring a solution to people who live with excessive sweating. A solution that I’m pretty sure someone wouldn’t even have thought exists. But it does!!
Iontoderma have created a device that treats excessive sweating of the hands and feet.
Iontoderma iD-1000 treats hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet using iontophoresis
Tap water iontophoresis is a treatment used for excessive sweating that interferes with the sweat glands just below the outermost layer of the skin.
Studies have shown that iontophoresis machines positively treat 90% to 100% of cases where patients experience palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis.
They offer free shipping of the device to South Africa and if you see no results within 60 days, you send back the device and they send you a full refund!! So you have nothing to lose by trying it out!