Day 205: Still Going Strong!

Just a quick update on my skin. It’s doing well. I still have “flares” but they are almost unnoticeable, at least compared to before. What happens is my skin gets quite thin and fragile and starts to dry up, but if I walk down the street I’ll look normal. It usually passes in a week or two. I can tell my skin is definitely getting stronger and is on its way to healing. There’s no telling if I might get another huge bad flare somewhere down the line, but right now it feels like those are behind me.

Nothing too much has changed in my regime. My diet is mostly the same, I eat a lot of grass feed beef, salmon, eggs and yogurt. I have added in some fruits now and then and a small amount of low sugar vegetables like bok choy and brocolli.

I still exercise every day. I’m not training for any races right now, but I make sure to get the good hour of sweating in to keep my skin on the healing path.

I also travelled recently (for the Singapore marathon) and the very hot and humid weather didn’t bother me at all. In fact it was probably quite good for me. In winter, the body spends all its energy trying to warm you up. It’s not a good environment to heal in, especially when going through something as draining as TSW. Warmer weather is a lot more favourable to healing in my opinion.

Recovering from TSW is a long journey. My best advice is to just do your best and take it day by day. As long as you commit to doing things that help you heal every single day, you’re going to get there. Patience wins in this race.

Love and healing to all of you.


8 thoughts on “Day 205: Still Going Strong!

  1. Anna says:


    Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I have enjoyed reading through your post and have taken away lots of tips. I am currently on month 6 of TSW. I am currently experimenting with NMT. My skin has seen much improvement in the last month but now my face is taking the brunt of it. (which is really tough!) When my body was at its worst, my face was untouched at that point. Now that I am feeling good, I look really bad. It sounds like your story was similar. Again, thanks for documenting your journey. I look forward to checking back in!

    1. Bren says:

      Yes month 2 on NMT is particularly tough, but once you get through those initial bad flares things do start to look up. Hang in there <3

  2. anon says:

    Just wanted to say I found your blog today and I read the “I am too strong post” after waking up from scratching around 5am and not getting much sleep. It made me cry. And then I got up, went for a 2 mile run (my first run in months), took a 30 second cold shower, and told myself I’m strong. Thanks:)

  3. J says:

    Hey bro,

    I actually came across your blogged after googling “collagen” and “tsw”.because an epiphany came to me that collagen might help in my recovery. And one of your posts kind of reaffirmed that, so thank you.

    Basically I’m on month 30 of TSW! I had it bad – I’ve had eczema all my life but the past 10 years I was dousing my body in steroids creams and taking oral pills and immunodepressants to try to live a normal life. So I’ve seen and experienced it all! From top of my scalp to soles of my feet to the point where I couldn’t walk for months. And multiple breakdowns of sheer frustration and depression.

    But any case, I’m improving and feeling better than I’ve ever felt in the past 2 years. I’ve been on sooooo many diets and regimens and fasting and switching up routines etc.

    The interesting thing to me is how much my past year has mirrored yours. I’m also 33 years old. From the sunbathing naked and dry brushing to the feeling improvements then going a total setback! To the changing diets the foods we eat. It’s crazy!

    But Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your journey (I didn’t have the guts too – I was so ashamed/embarrassed and disgusted of myself).


  4. Charlotte says:

    Hi there,
    I just started my TSW journey: 54 days free of TS. I already read many other TSW journeys and got to understand that sweating, during sport, is helpfull for the healing process (am I right?).
    But I’m really afraid to sweat because it may cause another flare up. Do you have tips to start sporting again and (hopefully) prevent another flare up?
    Greetings, Charlotte (NL)

    1. Bren says:

      Sweating can make you unbearably itchy but in my experience it didn’t cause any flares. Overall yes I think it’s great for the skin.

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