Cassidy wrote a "Dear Hyperhidrosis" letter detailing her lifelong experience with the condition. It's a heartfelt piece that really gives an insider's perspective on the struggles hyperhidrosis sufferers face on the daily. She has graciously allowed us to share it with you, in an effort to spread more awareness about the condition!
I first met you when I was around 12 years old, you came into my life like a wrecking ball and I haven’t been the same since. It has come to my attention that you are hereditary and yes I know the source, my grandmother and my mother both suffered from you greatly. My mother had to have a sympathectomy and although I do not want to do the same, you may be leaving me with no other option. I have tried everything to get rid of you but you are like a bad weed that keeps hanging on. I want to tell you about the poor life that you have caused me to live with from the very beginning, starting with clammy or wet palms of the hands, clammy or wet soles of the feet, frequent sweating, and noticeable sweating that soaks through clothing.
If that isn’t enough, you have started to physically and mentally affect my life. Some of the physical and mental symptoms of hyperhidrosis that I suffer from include the following: worrying about having stained clothing, reluctance to make physical contact with other people, I’m self-conscious, socially withdrawn and on bad days, experience severe forms of depression, as well as, anxiety. I would love to be able to experience just one day without you. One day where I can feel normal and not worry about my never-ending sweat stains. Just one day where I don’t have to spend a lot of time dealing with sweat, such as changing clothes, wiping, placing napkins or pads under the arms, washing or wearing bulky clothing and or dark clothing.
I am most annoyed that you have made me a nineteen-year-old woman who now suffers from an intolerable medical condition, with little to no answers. It is starting to affect my relationships, my schoolwork, and my social life.
Due to all the aforementioned problems and characteristics of our relationship, I strongly feel that it’s time for us to part ways. Trust me Hyperhidrosis, it’s not you per se, it’s me!!! I cannot handle the daily suffering, ill feelings, and social estrangement any longer. Although I cannot say it enough, please, please, please just go away and leave me alone to live a normal and happy life. I mean no disrespect when saying this but we have been together for long enough and I am starting to think it’s impossible for success and Hyperhidrosis to coexist in my world. Perhaps, without the constant feeling of having someone to lean on when the water gets rough, we will be able to become the people we are meant to be.
I have been with you since day and would like to welcome the opportunity to examine my situation in order to propose the best solution for a life that I believe is impossible to be lived to the fullest while excessively sweating. I look forward to discussing this issue further and introducing myself in person.