The Battle Worth Fighting

#32

American Graduate Storytelling Contest

This is something that I'm fighting. It sometimes comes out of nowhere and surprises me but I've learned how to deal with it. I've dealt with eczema ever since I was a little kid, even when I was born, my mom had told me that my skin was like a fish's skin. Meaning that was my skin felt scaly and on top of all that, I was born very red which made me look like a cherry. I mean I've seen the pictures and can definitely confirm that I looked like a cherry. Eczema is a skin condition that makes you have unbearable itches and causes rashes to appear on your skin. Inflammation could also show on your skin. I also developed milia around my fifth and sixth grade year which are tiny white bumps around my eyes. This was a roadblock into my school and education because this is something that made me want to stay home and not want to go to school because I felt insecure of my skin or the fact that I got ridiculed because of how my skin looked like.

I want to recognize my mom as the person who got me to get over what people said about my skin and that I should keep moving forward. She is the person who made me feel like I didn't have to cover myself as much as I used to. My mom was the person who stuck with me throughout all of my ointment and pill bottles that was used. She was and still is the person who tells me that it'll get better. She's the person who reminds me to treat it and that it'll eventually pass although it is incurable. My mom was the reason that although I had my hardships in school with my eczema, she helped me get better.

I overcame this challenge by just listening to her and treating it. My current status with my eczema is that I can say that I am definitely better than I used to be. I can finally wear a short sleeve shirt and not be insecure about how people were looking at my arms or if they were judging my arms because of how they look like. I also disregard the jokes made about my eczema and milia. Whenever someone makes a joke about it like asking if I got a bit by a dog or if someone "beat" me up, I explain that it's eczema and educate them a little more on it. I also try not to let it get to me being the sensitive person that I am.

After graduation, I am expecting to go to college. My first choice of a college is Ohio State University. I am thinking of going to a medical or a business field. I feel as if a medical field would be interesting because of how I've dealt with my eczema and what it takes for people to go through all the different types of medicine and whether or not a disorder is curable.

In my ninth grade year, I wouldn't have expected for my eczema to get better. In my tenth grade year, I would have never expected for my eczema to get better because I got news from my dermatologist that my eczema was severe. I have realized that things do get better and overcoming something takes time and work. If I didn't put time in this challenging thing and put some of my own work into it too, I would just be back at step one. I can use the lessons I've had from my skin disorder to tell other people to disregard any nasty or insulting comments made about them and to just keep moving forward. They should keep putting work in and believing that it'll get better because it eventually will. Also, finding someone who'll support you through the whole way is another key thing in overcoming a challenge. That's why I would like to recognize my mom for being someone who has nonstop supported me- I'm not sure if she'll ever see this or that I'll win but I feel as if she should be recognized for being the person she is today.

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