Luke’s family calls him “Sunny Jim.” He’s smart, positive, and cheerful. He loves band at school and plays percussion instruments. He also loves playing video games and his favorite is Destiny. Luke is 12-years-old and starting 7th grade at school. He has a twin sister, with perfectly clear skin. Luke has eczema on his face, which stays flared up.
When asked about the challenges his skin condition presents at school he said, “I’m in advanced class, and have been for years. The kids in my class understand, but the general population asks. They aren’t trying to mean, they just don’t know.”
“My biggest challenge when others kids ask is to not take offense, “said Luke. “Most people just don’t know what eczema is.” Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that is characterized by itchy, dry skin that is prone to irritation and infection. Living with severe eczema can be like riding on a roller coaster because there are periods when it flares up unexpectedly- but unlike a roller coaster ride, these flare-ups are anything but fun. They can produce sleepless nights and bloody sheets from scratching, which then can negatively impact mood and ability to concentrate, leading to family stress, school absences and academic difficulties when severe.
A Children’s House for the Soul has helped equip him with knowledge and positive support, while giving him the opportunity to connect with other kids in his situation. Luke and his parents attended the “Love the Skin You’re In” conference in June and he’s been to Camp Dermadillo four times. His family appreciates the encouraging environment where everyone knows what you’re going through. Luke’s dad, Dale, said it was really great to get support from other families and for the younger kids to learn from the older ones. Luke shook his head in agreement.
“Other people have stuff, not just me,” said Luke, “I liked the boxes we built, people saw you.” The box activity helped kids understand they can’t be put in a box because of their condition.
Dale said he enjoyed hearing youth motivational speaker Shannon Pickard. He was funny and entertaining, while helping the kids find joy with that all so important sense of feeing normal.
Luke’s’ parents said the sessions with New York based photographer Rick Guidotti were great. They loved how he used his talents to photograph kids with unique skin conditions. “The kids came alive when he talked to them,” said Dale.
Julie, his mom, said being with children and teens in his situation has been good for Luke. “Others have things that can be even more difficult and painful, requiring constant vigilance. Some kids are dealing with worse things. It has given him perspective.”
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A Children’s House For The Soul was honored to participate in the 2022 Chevron Houston Marathon! It was our first year as a run for a reason charity and we were so blessed with such a special opportunity! We had a team of over 10 half and full marathon runners, and 8 5K runners representing …
Getting your child to comply with wet wraps can feel like can be a battle! Which if you think about it, is a little ironic, because by administering wet wraps you are helping your child’s suit of armor, their skin defends itself against the outside world! So let us talk strategy, determine some “weapons” for your arsenal, and let’s realign so that you and your child can go from enemies to allies.
When we feel overwhelmed or stressed, it can be tempting to tell ourselves (or each other!) Just relax, calm down! When we are stressed or freaking out, that is easier said than done. That’s why preparing a “coping tool kit,” a set of strategies for dealing with stress can be really powerful.
Do you freak out when you break out? I know I have! It is natural when we have a break-out to look in the mirror and think things like “These pimples are gross!” “I hate my skin!” “Things are never going to get any better!” Even though it is natural we think this way, it is harmful too.
Stop picking, popping, poking your pimples!
I know, it’s sort of like eating the whole bag of potato chips…we all know we aren’t supposed to do it, and yet, the temptation is SO STRONG! So…how do you stop?
Start with choosing an alternative activity!
We had so much fun at our first annual Heart + Sole Walk and Back To School Family festival! We want to thank all of our sponsors and everyone who came out to support our mission to make the world a more kind and understanding place for those with skin conditions.
As a Child Life Specialist working with teens and kids who have special skin, there is one question I get A LOT. “How do I talk to my teenager, when they tell me they don’t like how they look?” Parents are so worried that they will say the “wrong thing.” And truthfully, I have spent …
We had an amazing time celebrating the launch of our brand new SKIN DISCOVERY BOXES, a very special collaboration with our friends at CeraVe! CeraVe’s tireless pursuit of therapeutic skincare for all is truly more than skin deep and we couldn’t be more thankful. We celebrated in style thanks to our friends at Star Cinema …
A Children’s House for the Soul believes that it takes a village to support a child and family impacted by skin disease and birthmarks and that we are all better together.
Open House and Ribbon Cutting/Bring A Children’s House Home: On June 5th we began a very exciting new chapter of our A Children’s House story in the form of opening up our new beautiful space to serve children and teenagers with skin conditions and birthmarks and their families. This space includes a salon, a library & craft space, a teen room, and more! We also debuted our incredible new custom mural from up and coming local artist Eli Pallaert.
Our Family Trivia night was oh so much fun, and a huge success! We had so much fun getting to reconnect with all our friends and enjoy some laughs while snacking out on pizza and snowcones!
In honor of Vascular Birthmark Awareness Month, our childlife specialist Lindsay O’Sullivan had a great conversation with Jose about growing up with his special masterpiece skin!
In this interview, Ally shares about her experiences growing up with Ichthyosis. Ally shares how: Meeting other kids with special skin can help kids to feel less isolated and give them a very special sense of comradery and understanding. Parents don’t have to do everything perfectly to be the perfect parent for their child and …
What a wonderful time to relax, enjoy friendly company, and share their hearts on being a mama to a kiddo or teen with special skin. It was truly so special! These mamas were made a masterpiece!
Vascular birthmarks are very common in children. These birthmarks are made of blood vessels in the skin and can occur anywhere on the body. They may be pink or red in color, blue or purplish, flat or raised. Since they are vascular, sometimes they will feel warm to touch and may change in color with …
We have some exciting updates about our Capital Campaign! Learn about our short and long term plans for our own space.
You Can’t Teach What Has No History “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of …
In honor of Ectodermal Dysplasia Awareness month in February, we sat down with two of our dearest friends Zach and his mama Susan! Zach is an avid golfer, an Aggie, and is affected by Ectodermal Dysplasia. Susan and Zach teach us about ED and the importance of finding community. They also had helpful tips and …
Join us for a fun and inspiring interview with this incredible lady Ana Maria! Ana Maria Triana is 15 years old and the author of How to Conquer Alopecia Universalis. Ana Maria gives heartfelt advice, shares wisdom beyond her years, and will leave you feeling full of compassion and confidence. A Children’s House for the …
In honor of the upcoming National Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Awareness week, we wanted to share this great piece from our friend, Rachael Wrobel about how her mama mothered her well, even despite the challenges of EB.