Vicki Layton had a perfect life, but a worrying common skin disease destroyed her happiness instantly.
A woman in Brisbane, 41, lived actively, worked full-time as a nurse, practiced daily, saw nearby friends on weekends, and even played competing volleyball.
"I worked very hard, I had very high standards for myself, my work and future achievements," said Vicki for news.com.au.
Her life seemed to be fulfilled until one morning of 2010 when she woke up with an unusual rash that stretched across her stomach.
This small red rash would cost up to $ 50,000, Vicki, for nearly a decade fighting painful pains, sleepless nights and lonely isolation.
"I will never forget this morning"
The day Vicki first discovered that a rash was burning in the memory, a moment that can not be forgotten.
"I was in the morning shift, so I woke up at 4.30," she said.
I'm dragging myself to wearing morning coffee, Vicki suddenly noticed a "raised red rash" over her stomach.
She thought that before that, she was pruning trees and lunching lawns, so she left her a simple allergic reaction to something in her garden.
"I chose the door to work, but I did not think much," she said.
"I had no idea how much my life would change."
LIFE SPIRALED AWAY
In the days that followed, Vicki became increasingly concerned, as her very itchy rash spread from the stomach to her feet and hands.
"I tried every cream and solution I found, but there was nothing I could do to make myself feel comfortable," she said.
When the mysterious condition of the skin rapidly spread along Vicki's body, it soon began to influence her daily routine, sleeping and practicing in her social life.
Vicki could not focus on anything else around herself because of painful itching and pain.
"I could not find clothes that would not irritate my skin," she said.
"Life started to get away from me."
ACCEPTING ROCK DOLGO
Despite the fact that every diet, internet trick and miracle cream are available, Vicki's condition has deteriorated every day.
The rash spread even further – he took the chest and his cheek – and he got infected and sore.
Finally, after 12 months of self-medication, she was hospitalized after a friend found out that she had collapsed on her home floor, completely confused and so very high that she was "in delirium".
Vicki went to a hospital where stunned doctors discovered that her damaged skin penetrated the bones on the heels and the key bone, which caused a severe infection of the bone.
"I did not understand the situation that I had until I got hurt," she said.
After recovering from horror, Vicki was diagnosed with eczema.
Because of the diagnosis, Vicki is even more determined than ever to get rid of eczema and "finally find relief."
Three times a week she tested steroid theories, light therapy, lotions, pills, diets and radical therapy, which did not relieve her painful symptoms.
Vicki was even lying in bath tubs filled with bleach or potassium, and some were tortuous.
"I still wake up in a panic that struggles to catch my breath when I spend these days in a dream," she said.
It is estimated that Vicki spent more than $ 50,000 for treatment just to get some relief from her agony.
"I feel like such a fool to spend so much money … but when you suffer so hard, it's hard to believe that you finally found the medicine," she said.
SLEEP WS was impossible
As one of the most important biological functions that keep us alive, sleeping soon became impossible for Vicki.
Her skin was so crude, split, bladder and painful that she could not lie on her back for about three years.
"Did I have slept by sitting cross-legged on the floor with my head on the coffee table, or I tried to sleep in the bathtub," Vicki said.
IZOLIRANO IZ SVETA
Since she could not see light at the end of the tunnel, Vicki retreated into her, she avoided her friends and family, and rather isolated from the sharp world outside.
"My face and body were constantly dry and crying, so I got out of the world," she said.
"I had no friends and no life outside of my house where I lived alone."
Her mental health also deteriorated, and the craving she felt as a human connection was almost unbearable.
She believed her dreams about the wedding, the children and her career flew "lost."
"My illness was so absorbed that there was little time for anything else than trying to breathe through itching and stealing some sleep," she said.
At some point, Vicky's symptoms were so fierce that the nurse said that "she just wanted to die".
"I have been praying so long that I was relieved of itching, but I felt that my prayers were never answered," she said.
ASSESSMENT OF AID
Finally, after ten years of suffering in silence, Vicki finally got access to a new form of eczema, which she managed to relieve her unbearable spleen and allow her to sleep a night sleep every night.
She could return to the daily changes that she had to force her exhaustion due to her exhaustion, and found a support group to share her story.
After a decade of shadow life, Vicki began to visit Eczema Support Australia, where she soon met "other people who thought they were alone."
"For the first time I had someone who just heard me … now we have each other and we are strong together," she said.
Eczema Support Australia managing direction Melanie Funk said Vicki's story is "unfortunately sad for people with eczema".
"They suffer too long for physical and emotional trauma, because they reject the condition, they look for a miraculous medicine, or simply do not have anyone to turn to," said Melanie.
Vicki still has eczema throughout her body and works every day to prevent her condition from becoming a serious infection.
"My goal is to be good enough to be able to sleep all night and then I can work five days a week," she said.
"This, for me, sounds like a good life."
While every day is still a battle for Vicki, she finally found happiness and love.
Vicki met and fell in love with Michael, and married couple in September last year.
"We have a great relationship," she said.
"Although he is always here to support me, I make sure that I do not put him in the role of caregiver.
"This is my illness … and it is important that we focus as much as possible on other aspects of my life and the life that we build together."
She said that if the eczema was a condition for which everyone had heard, many did not understand how bad it could be.
"For many, this disease is lifelong and debilitating and, like all other chronic illnesses, need help patients," she said.
WHERE TO ASSIST:
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