NEA Ambassador Justin-Oneil Ramos shares his thoughts on the best and worst things about having eczema; plus, the current love of his life.
Published On: Jul 15, 2021
Last Updated On: Jul 29, 2021
Off and on since I was a toddler. Sometimes I went decades without a flare. It started reoccurring in my late 20s and got really stubborn and steroid-resistant in my mid 50s (I’m 57).
Resilience and positivity.
Andrea Bocelli. Also, anything by Thievery Corporation, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Moby and Pet Shop Boys.
Our Sun Conure (parrot) named Lorenzo. Anyone who has ever owned a parrot knows they keep you on your toes! They require a LOT of attention and engagement. We love taking Lorenzo on long walks, to outdoor events and anywhere where he’ll get noticed and photographed (he’s a bit of a ham).
The fourteenth Dalai Lama (a close second is Thich Nhat Hanh). I gravitate towards peacekeepers.
I’m more of a Netflix/Hulu/Prime person, so probably Ozark, Schitt’s Creek, The Handmaid’s Tale or Better Call Saul.
Infrared sauna sessions. Hot temperatures and high humidity make my eczema worse, but the sauna is great for aches and pain relief.
Powers of invisibility. I’m kind of afraid of heights.
That there’s no treatment; that you just have to live with it.
My current partner, Henry, and also my best friend whom I’ve known since I was one year old and she was two years old, Carole. Also, every pet that I’ve ever owned.
When everything on my “to do” list is checked off, or immediately after a great yoga or Zumba class. The “where” is in nature or on an airplane headed to an international destination.
To play a musical instrument, or to be a master gardener/herbalist.
Long-standing relationships with some of the most smartest, savviest, kind, cool women and men on this planet.
The parents who care for babies, toddlers and children with eczema.
The itch. The stares.
It forces you to listen to your body and protect it to the best of your ability.
Marie Antoinette, Gandhi and Oprah.
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