As she prepared to take her final test before leaving for a holiday with her family, Clare was overwhelmed by the attention and praise she was receiving from her friends and family.
It was all for a product she had been trying for months, but she said it was still not the same feeling as having a serious illness.
“I felt sick,” she said.
“It’s so different.
I couldn’t sleep.
I was in so much pain.”
They were calling me, saying, ‘You’re doing so well.
You’re so brave and brave to go to a test, to go home.
You’ve been so brave.’
“It was a relief to have people saying, I know what it’s like.
I’ve had it too.”
She said it took her three days to get home, and she had to wait two weeks before being able to leave.
She said the reaction she received from her family was a little bit different to what she experienced when she had a severe illness.
She was called a ‘nasty’ name and the doctor who gave her the test told her to ‘get over it’.
“I had to sit on the sofa for a few days and cry and cry, and I cried for a week,” she recalled.
“There were a lot of tears.”
Clare said the comments from her doctors were not as intense as when she first came in for a test.
“The doctors were like, ‘Oh, yeah, she’s got an allergic reaction to the product’,” she said, adding she was shocked to hear the word ‘allergic’.
“And I was like, Oh, I’m going to die, I can’t take this.”
She said that the reaction was more intense the more she was exposed to the ingredients.
“But it wasn’t like, oh, she doesn’t like the ingredient, it’s just that it’s too strong,” Clare said.
She continued to receive comments on social media and in emails from people who had been affected by the reaction to her eye cream, but Clare said they were not representative of the majority of people who use eye creams.
“A lot of people have been saying it’s a little different.
It’s like, it takes the edge off, but it’s not a big difference.”
People are just saying, yeah it’s really nice, and it’s very nice.
They are not necessarily saying it was a bad reaction, because they’re not saying it is bad.
“Some people are saying, well, it was really bad, but if you have allergies, then you can get that.”
That’s not what I was trying to do, I was just saying it had a lot more to do with me and the way I use the product than with me being sick.”‘
I had a really good reaction’As Clare was recovering from her initial reaction, she was also getting messages from people with allergies to products made by Sugar cosmetics.
Clare was shocked at the number of emails and messages she was getting.”
Sometimes it’s more like, I have a bad nose, I just need to change it,” she explained.”
Or they’re like, well you’ve got to get a mask, it makes it worse.
“What I would never have imagined that could happen to me was that a lot were saying it made my eyes sting, it made them bleed.”
Cline said she had not used a mask since the reaction but would not be changing her use of eye cream.
“You have to use a mask.
I have one of my masks that I use for allergies,” she laughed.”
And the next day, I woke up with a really bad reaction.
I had a real bad reaction.”
Alicia said she was disappointed that she had had to go through the test, but that it had helped her to understand why people reacted the way they did.
“As a woman who has experienced a lot, it has helped me a lot.
I understand it and I can accept it, but I have to go back to normal.””
I am grateful, but at the same time, I am sad that I had to have this test.”
For Clare, she said she is happy she is going back to her normal life and not going to the doctor or hospital again.
“My family and friends are supportive and I feel very good about it,” Clare explained.
She is currently undergoing a two-week course of medication for allergies and is considering starting an allergy treatment plan.
“This is a step towards a better life.
I want to be able to see my family again.
I know I will.”