This is not easy for me to make this personal battle public.
For the last 4 years I have been battling this condition called "Granuloma Annulare". The Dr's believe it is an autoimmune disease. It is NOT contagious, doesn't hurt (unless bumped), and it rarely itches. It is not life threatening so the Dr's consider it "cosmetic", and there fore little research has been done about it, even though there is no known cure.
It is large red raised oval circles. I have it around my neck, tops of my forearms, and now my hands. They tell you it will go away in 2 years, but that isn't true. Some folks have had it for 30 years..
While I am ever so grateful it won't kill me, it has not been easy for me. I have run the gamut from anger to depression to becoming pretty much of a hermit. As much as I hate long sleeves, I have been forced to wear them year round..to cover my arms..When I do a show I can wear things around my neck to hide some of it. However I cannot hide the circles on my hands, and those look like ring worm..much to my dismay.
It isn't, I've had biopsies. People have asked if it's ring worm or burns..I know I should not care what people think..and as far as my own being goes, I don't..But it is an awful feeling to
have people look at you and back up, or make some horrible face..I have felt like I would imagine Lepers to feel.
Only my family and my closests friends know about this..
Even in my house when the kids and Grandkids come to visit,
I keep covered because I don't want to scare the little ones..
A few of my customers have noticed I'm sure when I see them at shows, that is why I'm writing about it now..And I am also hoping that getting it out in the open will help me, I have kept this in so long, I am crying as I write it out.
I have seen 4 Dermatoligists and been put on a half doz different medications that had terrible side effects, I have tried every cream, perscribed and OTC know to man along with a change in diet, and countless vitamins and minerals..nothing works.
No, I haven't given up..I am learning to just try to live with it,
and accept it..what other choice do I have?!