For Jen Johnson, it’s no exaggeration to say her cats saved her life. Disabled since she was 28, Johnson, now 39, suffers from hidradenitis suppurativa, a chronic inflammatory skin condition resulting in the development of skin lesions and infection of sweat glands. According to Johnson, the condition can be life-threatening and also leads to depression and social isolation.
“It’s a very lonely, debilitating disease, and 100 percent, without my cats I would not be here,” she says.
“There are times where I haven’t wanted to get out of bed for three days, and having these cats has made me do it. It’s given me a purpose and helps me to cope with each day, because I may just stay in bed for a whole week if I didn’t have them.”Depression Mental Health