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By Kofi Dwinfour

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” The Buddha

In previous blog posts, I have written about how SDBM founder Shabana Islam opened my eyes to the issue of skin disease. My question to you is will you light the way for others? Will you share your story so that they can know that they are not alone?

Patients can be educators. By sharing your experience, you help yourself by helping others. I understand the challenges of sharing something so personal. Baring your skin condition to what may seem like public scrutiny leaves you vulnerable. However, the main benefits include personal learning and making valued contributions.

If you would like to talk, then contact us. For example, you can make a video, sharing how your skin condition has affected you; and for the camera shy maybe a voice note or written story. You can post directly on the Share Your Story page on this website. Alternatively, you can email your story or ask us to contact you.

As I have mentioned before we can help you make a video of your story. So, I thought it may be a good idea to introduce the wonderful videographers who volunteer their time and talent.

Fatimah Haroon               Rachel Scarrott                 David Short

Fatimah Haroon is a second year Film and Television student at University of the Arts London. Watch her 2013 showreel. Among her many achievements, Fatimah has been a freelance photographer for HELLO magazine.

Rachel Scarrott has a storied CV as a producer & director of science, natural history, observational and history documentaries. Programming she has produced or directed have been shown on BBC 1, 2 & 3, Channel 4, Discovery, History and National Geographic.

David Short has done everything, from writing to lighting, from directing to being a runner, in the world of film. Watch some of David’s work. Colleagues acclaim him for his writing, direction, camerawork and editing skills.

If you choose to share your story, you are in good hands.

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The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.

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