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Marjolaine smiling in a park

Meet Marjolaine

Marjolaine uses dance and movement therapy to translate something physically and emotionally challenging into art.

“Art therapy helped me transform something which can be very difficult into some piece of art. Making people aware that they can live a better life.”

Ashley and Marjolaine dancing in a studio
Laura smiling on a couch

Meet Laura

Dance gave Laura a “can-do” attitude and taught her that, no matter what, “the show must go on”.

“You can have a really beautiful life even with [atopic] dermatitis.”

Ashley and Laura sitting by the seaside
Julia smiling at the camera

Meet Julia

Julia says her AD has helped her learn how to handle struggles in life as she focuses on her college education.

“AD had a positive effect on me; it helped me in many ways – not just with my skin, but also in dealing with struggles when things don’t go well.”

Ashley and Julia sitting on a park bench
África smiling in a park

Meet África

África wrote a children’s book to help give words and meaning to her experience with AD.

“Eight years ago, 90% of my body was covered in eczema. When I met the doctor who helped me, it was like a miracle. He was the first doctor to tell me, ‘This is no way of living.’ I was feeling much better; my skin was much better.”

Ashley and África sitting on a couch
MAT-59269 October 2022