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Month One Reflection



Only 7 Days Left


The next five entries will be a reflection on each month.

My first month was difficult if not awful. As I mentioned in previous entries, my skin became extremely sensitive in July 2009. After trying many harsh topical with little to no improvement, I tried to return to the regimen I used in high school which cause the worst outbreak of my life. It was at this time that my dermatologist recommended Accutane. I said no but he wouldn't let me leave until I agreed.

I started Accutane on the evening of December 5th. I had my initial outbreak around December 19th While the side effects were minimal (mostly chapped lips) during the month, my skin was at its lowest point during Christmas. I had to see my friends and family with a forehead that looked like it blew up. I worse a hat even when I was inside. If I was forced to take it off, I would keep my hair (which I had grown out) hanging over my forehead. I learned to rely on my inner confidence since I had no physical confidence.

I kept holding out hope that my skin would clear but every time one lesion disappear another replaced it. I was losing hope by New Year when things started to improve. By the end of the month, however, my face was starting to clear. I continued to break out but the degree seemed to slow.

As I look back on this time of my life, I believe being home was the best thing that could have happened to me. Being around those I loved gave me the comfort and support I needed. During these difficult times, lean on your friends and family. It makes this experience much easier.

Tomorrow: Month 2 Reflection

Side effects: Moderately red skin and slightly chapped lips


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