“I knew it would be hard, but I had no idea I’d spend the afternoon sobbing.” To help raise awareness of the chronic illness Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS), Shelly participated in an Immersion Project that saw her living a day in the life of one the 130,000 Australians who are effected by the auto immune disease.
To develop a realistic understanding of the symptoms, Shelly wore specially designed underwear and restraints to mimic the symptoms of this painful disease. After the experience Shelly said, “I did a lot of soul searching after this project. It made me realise you don’t appreciate good health until it’s no longer there. I have so much compassion and empathy for HS sufferers. I hope I have played a small part in raising HS awareness to the general public. If you think you, or a loved one, might have HS I urge you to go to hs-online.com.au.”