Regina, who had awfull times with the disease for 31 years without knowing it, compares her cure to entering Paradise. "I like to joke saying that I was born again at 31". After integrating the 1% of the world population who still is fighting this serious problem, the ex-sufferer enjoys and comemorates her present well being.
"In Brazil it is estimated that there are around 1.700.000 people with hyperhydrosis", she explains, and this is the reason why she tells all her predicament in an autobiographic book and as she admits, devotes all her time to what became her reason to live. The book gathers valuable and precise information mostly obtained from the two greatest experts in Hyperhydrosis Correction Sympathectomy. They are : the thorax surgeon José Ribas Milanez de Campos and the vascular surgeon Paulo Kauffman, both living in São Paulo, working for highly regarded hospitals like Albert Einstein and Clínicas, units considered as reference all over the country. The volume also collects reports by another 70 victims of this illness who tell everything on their new post-surgery life, as well as offers a practical guide of questions and answers, making it possible for the patients to identify whether they have or not Hyperhydrosis.
Regina's objective with her book "Perspiring copiously" is to increase people's conscience level on the disease. "I wandered through medical centers in Brazil and abroad , and no expert at all could explain to me whether or not my case had cure through a surgery" she points out. There go years and years of doctor's appointment and medicine, totally ineffective. They recommended that I should look for psychoterapy alleging that excessive hand & feet sweating (my main complaint) could be a sign of lack of emotional control.
Today it is known that this problem is physiological, congenital - many people show signs since birth, like Regina's case - and is curable. She has developed a voluntary work to help patients and instruct them to find surgeons in their cities who are able to perform the surgery, and also created the site www.suandoembicas.com.br which provides plenty of information about the disease. Apart from that , there is a special service designed for the "suadinhos" (short name for those who sweat abundantly) : links for the sites of Brazilian Society for Thoracic Surgery and Angiology and Vascular Surgery where the internauts access the name of their cities , or big centers close to them, to seek the list of professionals qualified by these institutions.
To Regina, the dream of a new life does not end up here. What she really wants is to find a way to reduce the queue of patients at public hospitals waiting for their turn. For example, the Hospital das Clínicas in São Paulo has such a long waiting list that it can take the patients up to three years on the line. "We have to touch and encourage our authorities and win their sympathy to this issue and struggle to get adequate equipment on behalf of those who cannot afford a health plan" dreams Regina. For a person who spent so many years sweating copiously, this effort seems to be a piece of cake.
A REQUEST TO MY COLLEAGUES JOURNALISTS
I need to rely on your support to extend this matter to your chain of contacts as well as to spread it through whatever means of communication available. My work is completely voluntary; I answer to about 200 emails a month; I do not leave anyone without a piece of advice. However, I devote special attention and time to what represents my main objective : that a bigger number of public hospitals be duly equipped to perform this surgery for free for those who cannot pay for it. Another item which has been hard is the fact that this surgery was considered by health plans in general as an aesthetic process, but after a fierce fight by all involved mainly the professionals from the Brazilian Society for Toracic Surgery, a victory was obtained, forcing the majority of plans to cover those expenses. My next step is to found an OSCIP, or another kind of organization, which may permit more and more divulgation of this disease and respective cure.
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