Bogus stories; being told that I had something to do with what I was experiencing.
I’ve heard that I’ve had a STD that I would have to deal with for the rest of my life.
…that it was because of my weight or my lifestyle choices.
Those are some bogus stories. Being sad with HS, kind of comes with the territory once in a while.
It’s just this constant sadness of you kind of feelin’ like you won the lottery but not the one you wanted to win.
[Sterling holds up BS and HS blocks]
Being silent? No, you gotta, we gotta break this silence. We need to start the conversation about HS.
A lot of people see shame behind the disease. You know you’re not a freak. You’re just a person. You have HS. Go to the doctor.
Stop the BS. Let’s get the conversation going.
[Sterling action—turns to camera, knocks BS letters off surface ledge, HS letters remain.]
WHAT HS iS:
Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a chronic inflammatory condition that can start with bumps in the inner thighs or armpits. They may progress to include painful abscesses that can eventually rupture.
WHAT HS iSN'T:
Hidradenitis Suppurativa isn't an STD, an infection, or caused by poor hygiene. And it isn't your fault.
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