What Has Eczema Done For You? 

Is that a loaded question?  Can it be answered by things like; It’s left me fearful? Sad? Angry? Hurt? In pain?  

How many of you are parents of a child suffering from Eczema?  Has it made you worried, overwhelmed, lonely?  

I felt all of those. Fearful my daughter would be hospitalized AGAIN for staph. Sad she had to miss out on kid things like playing at McDonalds.  Angry, because why did we have to spend 45 minutes preparing her skin for bed?  Lonely, because no one really wants to talk about a skin condition.  

Eczema is a crappy wrap. It’s something that no one wants. And you don’t wish it on anyone, but I want to share the other side of what Eczema has done for me.  The GOOD, if you will.  (Believe you me, I am 5 years from when our Eczema was bad and I can still relate with all those raw emotions!)


Eczema brought us a very dear friend.  From the lowest point we met Dr. Azam Anwar the founder of CLn Skincare. The products that changed our life and began the life changing. He was a God send and has been instrumental in all of our successes.

Eczema brought us friends that we could share our battle with and help change their life. But what Eczema really brought us was opportunity….
My daughter battled Eczema and it controlled our family. Then one day it brought about a partnership where I was able to use my voice and experience to share our story…

Years later, I realized that opportunity really provided me vehicle and I decided to drive the car!  That car took me to uncharted territories! It started with a lot of personal growth and reflection, blogging and then I pieced it all together. 

Dr. Anwar facilitated ideas and put me in contact with a social media manager who was a real blessing. She taught me everything and was so supportive, has offered advice and really gave me training and guidance she didn’t have to. God really worked through her and met me where I needed and thanks to her I started a social media business. 

This social media business provided us extra money for vacation and really gave me the confidence to speak in front of groups, share my visions for other people’s business and grow my own. 

Thanks to Eczema, I own a business that is growing, flourishing and providing in ways I had no idea it could. 

But that’s not all…Do you want to know what Eczema is providing me now?!

FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS AND A LIFE I DIDN’T  KNOW EXISTED. My husband is working with me.  He is out of corporate America…he is able to be a dad and father by not working 90 hours a week.  He is able to help me run OUR social media business. We are able to use his strengths to strengthen my weaknesses and vice versa.  

So ask me again the question that started it all:


Eczema change my life!  And I never thought I would be able to confidently say this, but the GOOD defintely outweighs the bad. 

When you are down about your current circumstances and you don’t understand why….I encourage you to trust in God, Cause He knows what he is doing.


I asked Him many times why and He tested my patience and my faith, but the battle was worth the VICTORY. And here I am, Eczema Mom, entrepreneur, social media guru, Child of God who is finally able to see that what Eczema is was really a blessing in disguise!  (Matthew 6:8)

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It’s been a while…

I highly encourage blogging, yet here is sit not blogging in quite some time. No real reason why, but not real topic to talk about either. 

So today, I am looking for inner balance and change.  I recently read that 12 minutes of prayer a day can change the makeup of your brain.  You can read about it here

I don’t necessarily agree with Olsteen often, but I do know I can feel a physical change when I pray or when I know someone is praying specifically for me. Do you?  

Have any of you read the Proverbs 31 books or Power of a praying woman?  Thoughts on those?  


I don’t have a lot to add here, but I would love to hear your stories of how praying for yourself specifically has changed you and what all you studied while doing that. 

Obedience 

“Be still, be still, be still, be still, be still…” Every time I turn around I’m hearing, “Jessica, Be Still!”

It has been constantly running through my head for months. Anyone who knows me knows I am NOT a still person. I don’t just idly sit. I don’t stay in one place. My mind is always in motion. I’m always connecting this person to that, thinking I can do this, if I can’t do it myself who can I get to do it?  


Truth is, I  am scared to be still. I am scared to slow down?  Why?  Does it show weakness?  Will I become aware of the things I have been avoiding?  Why does stillness have a negative connotation with me?  

I have been going to a Bible study for months. I have heard “be still” almost every single week and every single week I think I’m gonna do it!  Every week I hear every single noise that church has, every single creak, every single breath you hear I hear it magnified…


But let’s get down to brass tax…

The truth is God I hear you. BUT, I have not been obedient to Your push.  You Why? What am I afraid of? I KNOW I really should obey, listen and be still!  I am aware that the only time I am still is at reflexology. My mind prays. I allow the quiet to engulf me, BUT this is only if I go alone, my husband is home with the kids and they are sleeping. Any other time it’s still a mind race. 

Share with me how you turn off the noise, stop what you are doing and how you become still. How do you take the time you deserve, shut off your mind and hear God?  It’s so much easier said than done!  

Last costumes 

I saw a blog with the cutest last minute costumes for moms to be!  Thought I would share here


Also, we had to have story books characters last week for school and I wanted something cheap and easy. My daughter loves the book Library Mouse so that’s the book she chose. It was super easy and last minute. 


One of the boys took a counting Starwars book. 

And then there is a football player. Who read a football chapter books


What are your quick and easy costume ideas for the mom out there that has had a tough couple weeks and didn’t get to buy a costume yet?  

Moms Unite 

Did you know October is Eczema Awareness month ?  It’s hard. It’s the same month as Breast Cancer Awareness. Both are horrible awful issues affecting lots and lots of people. 


Sadly, I think all other awareness issues get overtaken by the pink ribbons and funds raising for a “cure.”

Don’t get me wrong I totally think it’s important and I am not discounting the severity of the that disease in any way, BUT I do know eczema deserves more research and recognition. It deserves more awareness, more support for moms of children who suffer from eczema. It should be information at your finger tips about causes, treatments and the emotional gunk that comes from the balancing act that is eczema. 


This post is a lot of rambling, but I know I am not the only eczema mom that felt alone in our battle. I know I am not the only one that felt like it was lotion after lotion, steroid after steroid, doctor visit after visit and like I am on a hamster wheel never getting off.  


I guess I want to make other moms like me know:

You aren’t alone…I am here

There are treatments that will work…find your windex. 

Ours is CLn bodywash
You need some one to cry, vent or just talk to? Eczema mom understands. 

And you know what it doesn’t make you a bad mom to not know the cure yet, be frustrated, not want to do the WHOLE bedtime skin routine or back the bag of all the extra stuff you need to get through the day.


It’s ok it makes you human and every once and a while gosh darn it we can cry cause we are frustrated. 

Eczema may control your child’s skin and it probably feels like it controls your life…it sure did mine for a while, but just take a moment to share your story with me, facebook, twitter or the world and see how many other people will stand united and say “Eczema stinks!”  We deserve a bigger voice and today it starts here!  

We don’t need some Ribbon or tons of money to help find a cure. All it takes is a small village to change the world. Let’s support moms and their kids! And share what has helped calm the eczema monster in your life.