Maria Thomas / My Life as a Puddle

Patient Leader

It's time to give hyperhidrosis a voice. Nearly 5% of the global population suffers from excessive sweating, yet many are ashamed to speak up. Many people with this condition don’t realize they have it, or that it even has a recognized medical name. Why? Because there is a lot of shame and embarrassment involved; patients don’t speak up or think it’s a serious enough problem to even mention; therefore, hyperhidrosis is under-diagnosed and under-treated. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to be embarrassed or ashamed of your medical condition. There is hope for hyperhidrosis, and you are so much more than your diagnosis. It takes a great deal of courage to speak about hyperhidrosis. I don’t know where the heck I get my courage from, but I do know my purpose in life is to use my sweaty voice to help others find theirs, too.

Location

Denver, CO

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero Healthcare Collaborator: Patient Advocating for Another Best Team Performance Best in Show: Blog Best Kept Secret

First of all I didn't know that there was a medical condition known as Hyperhidrosis. It wasn't until my good friend Maria Lynn brought it to my attention. It is a real plight for many individuals and the treatments are either painful, useless, debilitating and frustrating. Her Blog is informative and delightful to read. Continued success Maria  — Patricia

As a young sufferer of hyperhidrosis I have found it difficult to explain to others, or even find others who can truly understand my suffering. Maria's blog has provided me, and undoubtedly many others, with positivity and hope that one day this condition will be more widely recognised, and more successfully treated. Thank you, from one of many.  — Matt

Maria does a wonderful job bringing attention to challenges people face day to day with Hyperhidrosis. Her most recent post explains the dangers of self injections when your hands are sweating. Maria also goes one step further and offers solutions or products to help those that suffer.  — Prokop

Maria is an amazing person and helps and gives hope to so many out there suffering from hyperhidrosis. She pushes awareness and makes people feel like they're not alone!

I’ve lived with hyperhidrosis (HH) all my life & offer a unique perspective on a condition that can be mentally, socially, and professionally debilitating. Yet I shine on, knowing there is a deeper purpose to my life that involves being exactly who I am. I'm creating HH hope and awareness one drop at a time & letting others know they're not alone.  — Maria

Extremely well written and edited blog. Content is fresh and provides quality information. Creative while addressing an increasingly difficult health challenge no one likes to talk about! Love the name! Authentic and real!  — Jane

Maria is passionate, inspiring, naturally beautiful. And REAL!  — Rebecca

Maria Thomas is so helpful and supportive of all of us who endure the condition of hyperhidrosis. She continually updates us on new treatments and insights on HH. This is also a forum to share and discuss HH.  — Chloe

Sheds light on a health issue that so many people have but it is not well known. Intelligent posts backed with factual data, written in a way that is articulate and a joy to read.  — Kevin

She is doing incredible work for a fairly unknown cause. this cause needs a voice and Maria is the perfect person to lend that voice. She is passionate, honest, and positive. Great work!  — emory

Because it's a noble way of spreading her own love for others, helping those in need is what everyone of us should do on earth.  — Abdellah

Maria brings her sharp wit & bright personality to her blog where she honestly & openly writes about hyperhidrosis. Her blog is full of wisdom & resources for those also living with this condition. Those that do not it can take note of how to understand those that do, treat others with dignity, & live life courageously!She is an inspiration to all!  — Abigail

She stands to advocate and educate about Hyperhidrosis. It is a disease that people suffer in silent mainly because patients don't realize it is a disease and they have to reach for the treatment and for help.  — Yasmin

I am suffering from Hyperhidrosis. I want to create awareness so I can also live freely in this world. I am nominating Maria, so she can be our voice for the world.  — Aman

For the outstanding blog. she created on her whole life experience with the problem she and million other humans Have that is known as hyperhidrosis.  — Bill

Maria's blog is super informative and fun to read, while bringing information to both people who have hyperhidrosis (there are a lot!) and the wider world. She's an activist and advocate and just plain awesome.  — Jessica

I'm nominating Maria for her bravery and courage in enlightening the world about her struggles with Hyperhidrosis. In doing so, she encourages others to share their stories as she shares her own. In this way she gives support to them and helps them deal with this very debilitating condition.  — Linda

She provides awareness and hope for those suffering from hyperhidrosis. Her positive and often funny spin on life altering conditions is both remarkable and inspiring. Maria shares what she learns about the condition and ways to cope.  — Charlotte

Maria has brought together a community that I'm sure felt alone at one point with their hyperhidrosis. It's a humiliating health problem and knowing I'm not alone helps. Folks share suggestions and tips on how to cope living day to day with this issue. It has certainly helped me many times when. I've been at the end of my rope.  — Carmen

Maria Thomas / My Life as a Puddle

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