To My Readers

If you found my blog from the article I wrote for the International Hyperhidrosis Society’s Sweat Solutions newsletter, thank you for visiting.  I’ve received a great readership on my blog thanks to my relationship with the IHHS, and several of you have emailed me to say wonderful things about the work I am doing.  I am humble and grateful that you have found something useful from my writing.  Many of you have said you feel like I’ve been writing your life stories, and I have.  Your story is my story, and we are more alike than we are unalike, friends. I hope that when you read this blog, you will find a safe haven.  A place to feel normal, comfortable, and accepted for exactly who you are.  Maybe we sweaters aren’t “normal” like other people define normal, but our reality is what’s “normal” for us.  We no longer have to be ashamed of who we are.  We were created this way for a reason, and that reason is not a mistake.  We can make others educated, aware, and enlightened about what it’s like to feel different.  It might even be easier for us to connect with others since we know what it’s like to feel like pariahs who wish we could change something about ourselves.


So, if you are one of those people who has commented on my blog or emailed me personally, I thank you so much for all of your kind words and for subscribing to my blog.  I really appreciate your support.  I’ve worried about what types of things to write about on my blog because a lot of my co-workers know about it.  I’d like to be as open and honest as I can, but I’m afraid to write about certain aspects of my HH.  I want to be as real as I can.  The best part about launching this blog has been the emails from people like you! It is incredibly validating to know that I can make someone feel like they are not alone and that there is hope.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “If one person has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.”  So thank you for taking the time to contact me, as it encourages me to keep writing.  I was worried my blog might get boring and that people wouldn’t be interested in what I have to say.  I’m glad to see that this is not the case.


If you are someone who suffers from hyperhidrosis and isolates yourself, I encourage you to do 1 tiny thing each day that will take you outside of your comfort zone and allow you to re-frame your life.  This could be something as simple as running to the corner store, making a purchase, and having to stand in line holding your items and then exchanging money with the cashier in order to pay (Standing in line is a sure-fire trigger for me. During holiday shopping season you should see how soaked my long sleeves get from strategically placing my hands on them as I hold a pile of gifts to buy!).  Or you could hang out with a friend or family member and hold their baby, or grasp their toddler’s hand to cross the street.  If you want to go bigger, you can do what I did earlier this year.  I had the privilege of being in the delivery room for the birth of my best friend’s second child.  I held her shoulder and her foot in my sweaty hands in order to help her deliver, and then I got to cut the cord.  Believe me, sweating was the least of our worries that day, and I never felt like it was an issue for her during her labor and delivery.


Please do not isolate yourself.  As Mahatma Ghandi once said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”  I encourage you to live your truth and pursue small things in daily life that will take you a bit outside of your comfort zone in order to make you feel stronger.  I was very scared to start blogging about my life, but it has opened so many doors and friendships for me, even if some of them are online.  In addition to blogging, I’ve started wearing skirts and dresses more often even though they are sometimes a trigger for me.  If I can get through a few hours of dryness with them on, it’s worth it for me and I feel like I can give my HH the middle finger, at least for a little while. 😉


I think probably one of the hardest jobs on Earth is parenting, so if you have HH and have children, you’re already conquering that feat! Give yourself some credit for that.  Has HH affected your parenting in any way?  I always worry if I decide to have kids I might lose my grip on them if they happen to run in a parking lot or something.  I also worry about passing on my condition to my children.  But I must be strong for myself so that I can be strong for my children, as must you.


Again, thank you for welcoming me into the blogging world.  It’s been a great ride thus far, and I am looking forward to what the future holds.  The IHHS has asked me to write another article for their November/December Sweat Solutions newsletter, so stay tuned!





Holding my “niece” just a few days after she was born. Notice the kitchen towel I have on the pillow for drippage. 🙂


One of the many new skirts I wore this summer; the ladybug likes it, too!

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I was cooler in my skirt, but my feet were still sweating in the July heat.

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  1. What a beautiful blog post today. Thank you for sharing and thanks for being an inspiration, even to those who are not sweaters, but still suffer in silence! 🙂

  2. I am 23 year old mother of a beautiful 2 and a half year old girl. I have HH and have since I was born, it’s been tough my whole life. My daughter was also born with HH. I no longer just have to focus on my HH, but now hers. Did I dress her right for the weather, for her school (mothers day out)activies, is she wearing the right shoes? Will the teachers hold her hand and say eww her hands sweat? and will they treat her differently, like she’s nasty because she sweats? It always goes through my mind everywhere we go, what will people say and how will she be treated, because those are things I went through. It really is hard being a mom with HH but to be honest, since my daughter has it, I am glad I do too because I can help her when she gets older and it bothers her, I can relate and give ideas. I can let her know that I know how she feels and what she is going through, because my parents couldn’t with me, and even now still say its just sweat. They were unable to help and make me feel better, even my husband says I don’t get it we all sweat..but not like this, not like me!

    Well just wants to give my 2 cents on parenting with HH, it’s hard, but will be good for my daughter.

    • Hi Sonja! Thank you for sharing your insight as a parent with HH. Your daughter is lucky to have you, as you will be an invaluable resource for her as she gets older and is placed in more situations that trigger the sweating.

  3. Maria,

    I started subscribing to your blog a couple months ago and I have to say I’m so relieved that someone like you is out there. Your openness about our condition and down-right courage just makes me proud of you! I am 23 years old and also suffer from HH. The only person I’ve ever been fully honest with is my girlfriend. My family knows that my hands sweat but have no idea how severe it actually is,(armpits,feet,groin,butt), and how much it impacts my general character. I need to try to be as open and honest as you are. You are a true inspiration Maria. You said, “Your story is my story, and we are more alike than we are unalike, friends”, is so true. I’m so glad I found your blog and I’ll never stop reading it. Thank You!

    Your Friend and Fellow Puddle,

    • Hey Bret! Thanks for your wonderful words of encouragement. They mean so much to me! Keep taking baby steps so that you can live more freely and not have to worry about it in front of your family members. Knowledge is power, so enlighten the world.

  4. I just wanted to say, we need more people like you in this world. I think you are so amazing for blogging about this issue. It is never easy to talk about. I have struggled since my teenage years but am slowly getting it under control (barely). Like a great deal of your readers have said: “it is nice to know that you are not alone in this world.” I wish you all the best for the future and I commend you candour. Good luck 🙂

    • Thanks, Ross! It was very scary to start this blog, but thanks to you and my other readers I know I am doing the right thing. I didn’t start out to do this blog for others, more to just live my own truth, but the fact that I am able to make others feel like they aren’t alone has been an invaluable blessing to me. My intention with this blog has morphed into one giant hug to all my fellow sweaters out there. 🙂 Thanks so much for engaging along with me.

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your story. I do not have HH, but my daughter does. It has really helped me to read your posts, and to understand how life is for her. Thanks for the encouragment on making small steps out of your comfort zone. We, as people who love someone with HH, only see the wonderful person that they are, and the potential they have. HH has had a profound effect on my life, as my heart breaks many times for the limits of HH. Please keep helping us to understand.

    • Hi HH Mom! Thanks for reading my blog as a means to better understand your daughter. I hope that perhaps my blog will generate some discussion between the two of you. I’m sure she’d appreciate the conscientiousness behind your questions. People have told me they’d never have known that I have HH if I hadn’t told them about it, so I guess that means I do a pretty good job of hiding it, although I don’t know if that’s a good thing. By hiding it, I become self conscious, lack confidence, and appear insecure/timid (at least I think so) with my body language and how I might stand and sit or where I might place my hands, since inside I have the sweat monologue running through my brain. But once others know about it, I feel as though it doesn’t hinder me as much.

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