I am 37 years old and had my first abscess at 16. For about 10 years i had doctors telling me that one abscess in an area has nothing to do with the other and that the concurrent inflammation i experience on my scalp during outbreaks are not related. I have also on many occasions been asked if i use nipple clamps. Seriously. Over the years I've learned to advocate for myself. My experiences led me to becoming an esthetician and then going back to college majoring in public health. I currently work as a clinical research coordinator. I love my career and probably would not have found it had it not been for my personal history with hs.