Eczema’s Impact on Tracy’s Son

Eczema’s Impact on Tracy’s Son


My name is Tracy and my son Cole, was 12 when he had his first eczema flare-up. He had nothing prior, it was a full-blown flare
over his entire body, just zero to sixty. That was the first of many, many
outbreaks, the first of many episodes and it was flare-up after flare-up, you know,
week after week of school out and unfortunately kind of became our new normal. It was so hard as a parent. I would say
to him, “I wish I could have this… I wish I could take this away from you. I wish I
could do something. I would rather have it than have you go through this.” For us, I mean, it’s a huge change in family dynamic, a huge change. Since my husband traveled,
I was the person that was home going the doctor’s appointments and I’ll
tell you I used 99% of my sick days. My boss called me in and said, “What’s your
problem? I talked to HR about you.” And my job was
in jeopardy and after a couple months I end up leaving and taking a part-time
job, so there are strains on your family and your finances and, you know, that’s
all rolled into one big eczema ball.

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