Hidradenitis Suppurativa: I’m Done Hiding

I’m Done Hiding
Ron Bercume Interviewed
Published to healthgrades.com

I left home at 16 before graduating high school. I moved from upstate New York to a warmer climate, and in that warmer climate, something happened to me that had never happened before.

What started as a boil-like lump on my thigh grew to a 4- or 5-inch open lesion. The same thing happened on the other thigh, and eventually the same boil-like monsters appeared and multiplied on my pelvis. I didn’t know what it was, and truthfully, I didn’t want to. My best guess was it was a bad case of herpes—which wasn’t anything I wanted anyone to know or see.

So I just wore pants, continued bussing tables, and pushed through the pain. Since then, I put myself through college, became a graphic designer, started my own company, and even worked for a Fortune 100 company as a user interface architect. For 20 years, I didn’t tell anyone about my secret lesions.

Read the full interview: Hidradenitis Suppurativa: I’m Done Hiding

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