I felt like an alien.
Af first it was just a nuisance when the mysterious itchy welts appeared on my back. The next day, they were on my arms and legs. That was a nuisance too.
But when they started to travel up my neck and appear on my face, I had the last straw.
I was embarrassed to be seen in public— with my red, splotchy, hivey face. I was constantly itchy. And just plain miserable.
This brand new episode of hives was the latest in a long chain of ailments that had eaten up a far-too-sizable-way-too-annoying chunk of my life in the past year.