What If I Pass Eczema to My Child?

I've been wrestling with the decision of whether or not to have children, primarily due to my skin condition. I've met many people who share the same concerns. We all fear the possibility of passing our condition onto our children. I understand the profound impact of severe eczema – the persistent itch, inflamed skin, and sleepless nights that can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion, affecting one's overall quality of life. Having experienced this firsthand, I had serious reservations about subjecting my future children to a similar fate and empathizing with their potential suffering.

Eczema is more than just a skin ailment; it has far-reaching effects on a person's mental health. Emotional distress, self-consciousness, and isolation are common experiences, and I've personally endured them. The fear of my future children facing these same challenges made me, at one point, reconsider the idea of starting a family.

I can only imagine the pain and helplessness my parents felt seeing me in such agony. I have a strong nurturing instinct and would never want to see my kids in pain. It feels like fighting an invisible enemy. I know how I feel about the people who exist now, so I can't fathom seeing my children go through what I did.

Aside from the mental anguish, the financial burden is substantial when trying to find different treatments and remedies that work. In an era of rising costs and inflation, it would be irresponsible to bring a child into the world without the proper resources to support them adequately. The time commitment required is just as significant as the financial one. I was fortunate to have a stay-at-home mom who had the time to take me to the doctor and do whatever was necessary to help me get better. Nowadays, both parents often have to work to make ends meet in this challenging economy.

I used to question why I was even born if I was destined to suffer from eczema. That's how severe it was. The fear of passing on a hereditary condition evokes feelings of guilt and responsibility. Do I have the right to bring a child into the world who may experience the kind of pain I've had, or even more? These are questions that have weighed heavily on my mind in the past.

I'm not sure if I have these strong reservations about having children as I did before. The emergence of groundbreaking medicines into the market brings me relief, knowing there are many treatment options available. Having experienced the condition myself, I can empathize in a way that my parents could never understand. I would be better equipped to advocate for my child because I know precisely what to look for. For these reasons, I now yearn for nothing more than to bring a little version of myself into the world!