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Hey guys, my name’s Kimberly and 5 years ago, my life changed forever after my crush touched me.
When I was 13, I felt like I had everything. I had my best friends, I was doing pretty good at school and it seemed like my all-time crush was taking an interest in me. But this one school dance destroyed my picture-perfect life. I was dancing, having fun and all of a sudden, this very romantic song started. My crush, Mateo, came up to me and asked me to dance with him. It was...magical. He was holding me tightly when I started feeling this burning sensation. I saw Mateo’s face turning white like a ghost. He was disgusted. His eyes were full of terror. After a moment, everybody started turning around, gasping at the sight of me. A couple of mean girls laughed and said - “Eww, what’s wrong with you?” I couldn’t understand what was happening. Mateo let me go, stepped back and then I looked at my hands and shoulders. It was horrifying. Every part of me that he was holding, was swelling up. I ran through the crowd, tripping over balloons. I couldn’t see anything through the tears running down my face and ran out of there as fast as I could. I was so embarrassed, I heard laughs behind me, chasing me.
That whole night was a nightmare. Over time, my skin became more and more sensitive. I was so scared. Anytime my friends would hug me, if it was just a little too tight, my skin would start swelling and I’d have to go home immediately. I started losing friends, everybody at school remembered that stupid dance and stayed away from me. I became afraid of everything. Afraid to go out. Afraid to be in nature or in crowded spaces. My mom was super religious and she kept telling me that this is a punishment from God for wearing very revealing clothes. But my father saw my misery and decided that we needed to see a doctor. And THANK GOD! He took me to see a doctor and I remember those anxious moments, sitting in the chair, waiting for my appointment and having all these crazy theories. Could it be deadly? But I wasn’t ready for the answer I got.
The doctor did a thorough examination and he finally told me - it’s dermatographia. It’s a skin condition that only about 5% of the population has! There is no explanation of why it occurs. There is no cure. For some people, it goes away after a couple of years or a decade, but they have no idea why! It most definitely felt like a curse. For a second there, I really started to believe that it is, that it might be God punishing me. He prescribed me some medication, but it wasn’t working that well.
I just felt dizzy...all.the.time. Some nights I couldn’t even get to sleep, I had to rip off all my clothes because they felt itchy and I couldn’t stop scratching myself. I’d sit in class and rub my eyes and immediately my eyes would start swelling so much I could barely see. I had to start wearing baggy clothes because any tight fabric would just increase my skin's reaction. I had to give away my cat because her scratches were hurting me so much. I lay in bed, feeling horrible. I will never get a boyfriend because his touch would cause me pain. It felt like my life was ending. But then this one person completely changed my life.
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