My name is Roddy Jenkins and I have eczema. As a sufferer practically all my life of mild to severe atopic eczema – undergoing various treatments of creams, ointments, emollients, oral medication and several hospital stays – I decided that I wanted to help raise people’s awareness of this skin complaint. They say the skin is one the major organs of our bodies, yet for the most part we don’t give it a second thought.
So, as a keen(ish!) walker, I thought I’d undertake a walk to hopefully raise funds for the National Eczema Society with which to plough into the research of eczema treatments. The walk I have set my sights on is no mean feat. It is the 640 mile long South West Coast Path, straddling the coastline of Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, and Dorset, from Minehead to Poole Harbour. If the walk itself doesn’t kill me, it might kill off the bits of flab that I’ve accumulated over recent years!!
(Webmasters Note: Roddy has set himself a massive target of £10,000 so will need help. If you wish to donate go to http://justgiving.com/Roddy-Jenkins to make your donation. Good luck Roddy.)
So if you’re around and about in the South West of England during Spring 2011, please come and say hello…oh and give your support!! It’ll be much appreciated!!
My eczema has, as you fellow sufferers will no doubt be able to testify, been to some extent a blight on my life. When severe flare-ups occur, I often feel extremely self-conscious – often over fearing the worst – and I feel that I want to run away from society and hide.
Having said that, it doesn’t completely control my life; I am able to more or less go about my daily tasks.
In recent months, I have been fortunate enough to discover fellow sufferers on Twitter, as\well as support organisations like Nottingham Eczema Support (@eczemasupport). Please feel free to follow me on Twitter (@RoddyJenkins), where I would be more than happy to ‘swap notes and experiences’