I have officially been going through topical steroid withdrawal for a whole year. What?!? I have more energy, my skin is clearing up, and I've finally learned to find peace within the storm, which has been such a blessing during this time. I can honestly say that going through topical steroid withdrawal has given me so many tools to evaluate and process my emotions in a healthy way so that I'm able to deal with anything that's thrown my way. I wasn't expecting a global pandemic, but here we are. I share some of what I've learned in the update, as well as how my health has progressed since the last update. Scroll down for some progression pics. Much love and until next time friends!
I started writing this months before this COVID-19 crisis, and while I do want to address what’s going on in the world and how I’ve been boosting my immune system and staying sane, I thought it was important to get this post up first. Adrenal fatigue is a huge obstacle during topical steroid withdrawal, and I want to share the raw truth about my experience so you won’t feel as crazy as I have this past year, or at the very least know that you’re not alone.
As I sit here having mountains of trouble focusing on writing about my experience with adrenal fatigue and Topical Steroid Withdrawal, I wonder as I have millions of times before, am I being lazy or is my inability to focus a symptom of the illness I’ve been fighting for the past 5 plus years? That question could be the slogan of my 2019. Do I need a break or am I not working hard enough? Am I tired or do I just not feel like working? Is it me or is it me?
I'm Lauren, aka Just Du Pree, and I want to thank you for reading. This is a space where I share my very personal journey healing from eczema and topical steroid withdrawal (among other things), life lessons I've learned along the way, and occasionally the thoughts of an awkward Black girl (no Issa Rae). I'm a performer and filmmaker, so if you feel so inclined, pop over here to see what goes on in my mind on the regular. If you like what you see, you can stay up to date with my work here. Much love, friends!