Welcome to Hyperhidrosis—My Life as a Puddle (and other adventures)

Hi. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. This is a first for me–living my life out loud and online–so please be gentle. I do appreciate constructive feedback, though. Until I am more comfortable in the blogging world, I will be posting everything using the pen name My Life as a Puddle.

So, what prompted this blog? I had been thinking about it for awhile but was further convinced I should step out on faith after 2 incidents occurred. 1) I applied to be in a prestigious memoir writing workshop. Over 60 applications/manuscripts were received; out of the list of students that had to be capped at 12, I was #13. So close, yet so far. Had any of those students canceled, I would have been in! My manuscript is titled Caught Between Jane Austen & Twitter: A Manuscript on the Lost Art of Letter Writing. Some of the comments from the review panel included: sincere, unique format, good mass market appeal, intriguing idea. A friend of mine said 13 is a good number to be, as it’s right on the precipice. She also said to keep my ears to the ground and be open to awareness. She thought my manuscript could be the beginning of something else, like teaching others how to chronicle the lives of those important to them via the art of micro-writing a thank you letter. My friend is very wise, and things are unfolding just like she said they would. (More about the writing blessings coming my way in a later post.)

2) I attended a Continuing Medical Education (CME) symposium on hyperhidrosis a few months ago where I was fortunate enough to receive free Botox treatment for my palmar hyperhidrosis (I also have plantar and axillary HH). While the Botox only worked for a short period of time, I walked out of that symposium feeling like a million bucks because I had conquered my fear and endured approximately 160 needle injections. In. My. Hands. So even if it didn’t work, I knew I had done something really big for myself and could be my own best advocate for my health. In addition to conquering my fear, the entire symposium was complete validation for me and the way my body works. For the first time in my life, I stood in a room and could do exactly what I was supposed to be doing, which was sweating. The International Hyperhidrosis Society GETS it, and they got me. The physicians and nurses who administered the Botox treatment said I had the best case of palmar hyperhidrosis they’d seen all day! For once, I could be proud of my sweat. Those people, in that room, on that day, changed my life. So how could I not walk out of there dreaming about blogging so that I could further begin to live my truth? (Again, more about this story later.)

So, that’s it for my first post. Please bookmark my page and come back soon. If you have any questions/blog topic ideas/general feedback, please comment or contact me. I have a Facebook page that I’d love for you to “like” (Hyperhidrosis—My Life as a Puddle), or you can email me at mylifeasapuddle@gmail.com.

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  1. Beautiful venture into sharing your story. Courage grasshopper! It is the art of storytelling that defines our lives and our culture. Tell your story!

  2. Linda Putka

    July 15, 2011 at 0:00

    So pleased you’ve started on this venture! It takes a lot of courage to open yourself up like this! You go, girl!

  3. Very proud of you baby. Way to go with this excellent idea. Hope this gives you the outlet to start getting your writing thing going.

    Love you

  4. You are so talented and brave to share your story and help others. I am so very proud of you. Puddles are so inviting…who isn’t tempted to just jump in?

  5. I know I could never share my story. So I salute you!

  6. sandy bristoll

    July 26, 2011 at 0:00

    I’m ever so proud of you for taking the initiative and having the courage to create this blog. It is a wonderful venture for you professionally and personally as well as an educational journey for those of us who love you.

  7. Thanks for the comments everyone! Please share my blog with others and help me get more word of mouth.

  8. It was so refreshing reading your blog. I have been suffering from Underarm hyperhidrosis for about 4 years and when I started, I didn’t know what to do. I felt so depressed and kind of trapped in my own body. Deodarents would work for an hour or two, then it was right back to the sweating. I figured instead of fighting against the sweat, I need to embrace the fact that no matter what I do, more than likely I will be sweating. So I began playing around with some cotton and elastic and I made some cotton pads that I refer to as underarm sweat shields . They work wonders, and even though they don’t eliminate your sweat, it prevents anyone including yourself, from constantly thinking about the social woes that hyperhidrosis causes.

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