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Ten Things I Learned in 2017

Ten Things I Learned in 2017 by My Life as a Puddle

1. I myself am the trailblazer I have been searching for.

2. I’m not afraid anymore.

I’m saying yes to everything.

3. Second-guessing myself depletes me.

This one’s a work in progress, but at least I’m recognizing the spiraling thought pattern.

4. My heart is bigger and braver now thanks to all the “Yeses” I’ve made.

5. All it takes is one “Yes” to change your life.

(E.g., Why yes, I’ll apply to become an O, The Oprah Magazine O Mag Insider.)

6. I can do anything despite my hyperhidrosis.

(Like be a model in the Chico’s Love That! fashion show with O’s Creative Director Adam Glassman)

7. Vulnerability and courage go hand in hand.

(See my Just Stay essay)

8. Comparison is the thief of joy.

I am enough exactly as I am. (So are you.)

9. My hyperhidrosis activism is so much bigger than when I started my little blog.

I am here to serve those who feel like they are alone. (You are not.) Thank you to the following organizations who have helped me spread my message of hyperhidrosis hope and awareness one drop at a time: the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHhS), Dermira Inc., Brickell Biotech, SELF Magazine and Healthline.

A big thank you to those of you who are reading my words right now. I heart you.

10. I no longer live in shame.

I had a crap 2016. As my favorite musician India.Arie sings,

I am light. I am light. I am not the mistakes that I have made. Or any of the things that cause me pain.

Motivational Coach Angela Davis told me on board the Oprah Magazine & Holland America Line Alaskan cruise,

Stop cheating on your future with your past.

I hear both of you, my soul birds.

2017, I made you my bitch. 2018, I’m coming for you, too.

Wheels Up!

wheels up

Image Credit: Eva Darron

Leaving on a Jet Plane

I’m leaving on a jet plane at o’dark thirty and headed to Washington, DC! Why? The International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHhS) invited me. I am honored to be a featured panelist speaker at the Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting for Hyperhidrosis. I will be speaking to members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), treatment developers and industry innovators. Plus, I will get to meet more of you – my sweaty tribe.

I will be speaking about the impact of hyperhidrosis, and while I’m a bit nervous about it, I’d say I’m more excited as well as humbled by the opportunity. I never imagined I would be blogging about hyperhidrosis, let alone traveling to my nation’s capitol to share my story with those who can make the biggest strides in advancing hyperhidrosis treatment options and clinical trials.

Courage, Dear Ones

I’m doing this for so many reasons. Partly to prove to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to. Partly to give a voice to those of you who are too ashamed, embarrassed or scared to speak up . It’s time to end the stigma about hyperhidrosis. The more we speak up, the more reason people have to listen and be compelled to advance toward a cure.

Six years ago, it took a great deal of courage to launch this blog. What would you do if you had courage? All it really takes is about 20 seconds’ worth, and it gets easier after that. Courage is a muscle that can be strengthened. Step by step, inch by inch, you can grow despite having hyperhidrosis. I know it’s hard. I know it’s wet. Been there, done that. STILL doing it.

Help Me Help You

So know that I will be carrying your voices with me when I stand up on that stage. Since I’m doing this for you, there’s a way you can help me, too.

1) Send in your comments to the IHhS about the meeting (link above).

2) If you are one of the silent followers/readers of my blog, take a leap of faith and subscribe.

3) If you’re on Facebook, like my page. I’m also on Instagram. Start liking and commenting on my posts. These are simple things that help me grow my message. All it takes is those 20 seconds of courage.

There is freedom in talking about hyperhidrosis. It’s time to spread your wings.

There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky, and you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, what if you fly? ~ Erin Hanson

A special thank you to Dermira, RA Fischer, Brickell Biotech, Hidrex, and private donors who made this landmark initiative possible and sponsored me on this trip.

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