I was born with Lamellar Ichthyosis. I was born a collodion baby, and spent several weeks in the hospital before I was able to come home. My parents had to give themselves a real education in ichthyosis! Luckily, though, at least I was correctly diagnosed early, and my parents had access to wonderful pediatricians and dermatologists who helped us.
This is me when I was 3.
I had lots of friends, and good times at school, but school sure presented more than its share of problems. Looking different than everyone else is no fun when you're young.
This is me when I was 11.
When I was 13, I started taking Accutane (one of the retinoids). This helped my skin tremendously-- it improved it more than I could have using the creams and other things I had at the time.
So that's me and Chris, when we got married in June, 1997. That's also what I look like when I'm taking Accutane. Big difference, huh?
Chris has been very supportive of
me, especially where my skin is concerned. In fact, most of the
time my skin bothers me more than it does him.
Chris also encouraged me to stop taking Accutane (due to the risk of side effects). 1998 was the last year that I took Accutane.
This is me with Stanley and Eddie, our two horses. They're both dressage horses. I've ridden since I was 8 and can't imagine not having horses in my life. Being with horses is where I find peace and comfort.
Below is a picture of me with Eddie at a show.