Monday, July 14, 2014

Cured & Healed In One Year! Picture Update

Well, it's actually a couple weeks over one year but close enough to say one year. I started taking showers again last week for the first time in a year. Even used soap and shampoo on my entire body as well for the first time in a year. I'm completely healed and can tell. No more itching. No more skin splits even though I have been working with my hands up to 15 hours per day for the last two months. No more mini flares. No exercise, no special diet, just lots of ice cream and my typical heavy on the dairy diet. If I had eaten properly and quit smoking I'm confident I would have posted this post 3-4 months ago. So to you Itsan vets, there you go fools. I guess I get the last laugh LOL! Fools!





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  1. Thanks! My pictures make my skin look worse than it is. It is clear but looks kind of weird in these photos. I couldn't be happier to have my life back to normal! What a strange journey this has been. There is an end in sight for everyone. No doubt in my mind. Keep the faith everybody.

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  2. Congrats on finishing the race Dan. Guess we won't be seeing many more posts on here now but that's a good thing!

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    1. Thanks! You're right about the posts. I think I've pretty much run out of things to say without repeating myself lol. I have plenty to say about the chemicals in our food though. It pisses me off I have to pay $7.00-$8.00 for a gallon of real milk, and 5-6 bucks for a decent loaf of bread. $8.00 for a carton of real chicken eggs. You know, chickens that eat real food without chemicals and live on real land and not in cages. That crap just pisses me off to no end that I have to pay so much money to eat normal food. I feel sorry for all the people who can't afford it and also the ones who don't realize what they are eating. I can't really afford it myself and have to work 60-70 hours a week just so I can eat "normal" food.

      But yea, now I know why people disappear once they have healed. You just want to put it behind you and get on with life again. I'll hang around for awhile though. I want to see our new forum take on a life of it's own before I go for good so people have access to meaningful information.

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  3. Wow Dan!! So happy to see nice healed skin!! I hope the supplements helped! I have not been around much myself. Working and so forth. Still having mini flares but after 30 years of all over body use of TS I guess it will just take a bit more time. I figured I would be cured at 15 months but I'm at 17 months now. Good thing is the mini flares affect less and less of my skin. At this rate I'm now guessing 21-23 months. At least I function normally and my skin does not stop me from doing anything except a day here or there. Glad to know you are working without any problems. Also good to hear you are eating well! :)

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    1. Hi Tracy, the supplements no doubt helped. Impossible to quantify, but I know they helped. I still take them although have reduced my doses of most everything. To be fair I'm more like 99% healed and not 100%. But I still consider myself healed. When I started taking regular showers and using soap and shampoo again it didn't take but a week or two before I noticed the soaps were completely stripping away all oils out of my skin on my hands and my skin started to become fragile compared to before using soap. Got a little itchiness on my palm from it so went back to not using soaps or shampoos of any kind again.

      So when can a person say they are healed? Apparently the symptoms continue to gradually decrease for a very long time and I imagine pinning down a date where a person can say they are 100% healed is rather difficult. Is it one month with zero symptoms? Two months? Three? A year? I say once a person is in the 99% healed stage and things are 99% normal again in that person's life, and their skin, one can fairly say they are healed. For me, I went from wearing gloves for nearly a year to no longer wearing them at all. The skin went from breaking open on a continuous basis to no longer breaking open at all. The rash finally completely disappeared. The mini flares ceased altogether. The night itching that hangs on for so long after the day itching goes away finally decreased to where it became very rare instead of every single night. I no longer have to medicate myself heavily to sleep. It's not like you wake up one day and go yeah I'm healed. You just notice 99% of the symptoms are finally gone and life is normal again. You go from taking care of your skin daily to not being concerned about it at all.

      I'm sure some people can and will try to make the case that this isn't a stage one can really say they are 100% healed, but if you'll notice I didn't say 100%. I just said I'm healed. Which I am. I'm sure the skin barrier on parts of my skin where I used ts the heaviest aren't 100% recovered, as I discovered by using soap again, but for all intents and purposes I'm healed and my life is completely normal once again. I don't have to deal with this shit anymore other than to stay away from skin barrier damaging products for another year or so I suspect. Probably best to stay away from them for a lifetime anyway since they are damaging even to 100% healthy normal skin.

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  4. Looking good Dan. I'm nearing the finish line as well. Thanks for your insights, they sure made a difference in my journey :)

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    1. The post below was supposed to go with the post above to Tracy but I somehow screwed it up. I wish these damn blogs would take more text in one comment!

      Megan, you are very welcome. I'm so happy to hear you are nearing the end! It seems everyone who stopped moisturizing is nearing the end, and people who continue to moisturize are still struggling quite a bit.

      I've noticed there is very little activity amongst the tsw community these days and I have a theory about why. I used to constantly get asked questions by many different people but rarely do now. I also rarely see people posting on their blogs how miserable they are like I used to see. My theory is the info on the negative effects of moisturizing, and the positive effects of dss baths is well known now, and many people are improving so much they have little to complain about. Just a theory. Another one of my conspiracy theories lol. But then I don't see what's going on over at Itsan so maybe the majority of the tsw community is still suffering. I don't really know. I do know the majority of people who have left Itsan are doing extremely well. Go figure. People like myself, Tracy, Leslie, and many many others. We are all either healed, almost healed, or well on the way. I truly feel sorry for those who buy into the belief that smothering the skin is helpful. Nah, not really! Go ahead you brainwashed moisturizer freaks and ruin your skin. I don't give a shit anymore lol. I'm riding off into the sunset with a big smile on my face....

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  5. I just went about 3 weeks with no baths or showers and took a dss bath yesterday only to clean myself. I didn't need the dss, just a good soak to get clean, but will continue the dss until I run out as it still has many benefits regardless if in tsw or not. That's another huge sign I'm healed. No more dss baths every 2-3 days to help my skin heal. No more laying in the sun in an attempt to heal my skin.

    Anyway, I'm so happy to live a normal life again and to be able to use my hands for all the activities I used to use them for. It's nice to look at my skin and see nothing but smooth normal skin. I really had many doubts along the way that I would ever see this. When I take the time to sit in the sun, which isn't as often as I'd like, I look at my arms and my hands in total amazement because the memories flood my brain from a year ago sitting on the same lounge chair in the same place looking at hands that were a total mess. It's hard to believe my hands can look completely normal after the damage they were in but they do. Arms too. Not even a faint sign anything had happened. It's truly amazing to me. I'm constantly showing my friends and family my hands and going "look" lol. No one really could give a hoot since they didn't go through this nightmare and don't have a clue what it's like. No matter to me though as I am happy, happy, happy!

    A piece of advice for everyone, once you are healed don't go back to using soaps and shampoos too soon, if at all. It's really no wonder so many people have skin problems what with all the chemicals we put on our skin. People didn't do this throughout history until just recently. I wish I had known what I know now years ago.

    Lastly, I used Grandpa's Oatmeal soap for many years thinking it was a natural safe soap to use due to the listed ingredients. I was recommending this soap to someone the other other day and checked the website on the ingredients and noticed they were different. Fragrance is now a listed ingredient whee it never used to be. I emailed the owner of the company and asked why they changed the ingredients. She emailed back and said they never have changed them, they they are just listing all ingredients now. She said under federal guidelines they don't have to list all ingredients in their soap but they have decided to anyway. I couldn't believe it. I'm sure this soap contributed to my skin worsening along with the ts I was using over the years. I used to wash my hands 30-50 times a day. I was a hand washing germaphobic freak. Not anymore though. Grandpa can shove his soap where the sun don't shine.

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