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My Confessional: Ashley L., Atopic Dermatitis

Ashley L. does not let atopic dermatitis hold her back from living life to the fullest.

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[MUSIC PLAYING] ASHLEY L.: The advice that I would give to others with eczema is that you are so much more
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than your eczema. You are-- sorry, I'm getting emotional.
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I'm Ashley L., and this is my confessional.
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I am 29 years old from New Jersey. I was diagnosed with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis, also
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known as eczema, at a very young age, maybe about two months old. My eczema was up and down throughout
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my whole entire life. My lowest point happened in 2014. And my body was experiencing one of the biggest
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flareups I've ever experienced in my adult life. Eczema doesn't just affect my body physically.
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It affects it mentally and psychologically. What I do now to find relief is I really focus on these internal mental healing practices,
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like meditating and journaling, doing yoga anything that really brings me calm and peace.
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My diet has changed significantly over the period of my life. The foods that are always going to be stocked in my pantry
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is fruits, nuts, and my protein shakes. Exercise has had a significant influence
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in managing my eczema. Even when I am flaring up, I'll still make it to the gym
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because I know afterwards I'll just feel so much better. What I do to find relief in my medicine cabinet
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is apply these high-quality creams that really support me in managing my skin.
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What makes me more than my condition is just who I am outside of my condition. I am a joyful being.
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I love laughing and just really growing and learning about who I am and just doing my best to get the most out
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of this life. You are so much greater than your eczema. You are a human being who can live and can enjoy life
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to the fullest, aside from having your eczema. Eczema is just part of who you are.
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It is not who you are. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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