Liron’s T. S. W. Journey

We all may be walking beside each other, but our stories are never the same.

Name: Liron Rosenberg

Age: 42

Work: Early childhood Teacher

Date of Withdrawal:

February 2018

What type(s) of steroids did you use? 

Topical such as Elidel, Triamcinolone, Tacrolimus, hydrocortisone cream, oral prednison,e and Cortisone shot

Are you on any other medication?


Do you have a supportive doctor?


What is/was your favorite comfort product?

Ice packs or fan and salt-water baths

What is the hardest thing you’ve had to endure during your withdrawal?

Going to work and dealing with the itch

What is one thing you are grateful for during the withdrawal process?

My supportive family and friends

How did you discover you had TSW?

I couldnt figure out what was wrong with me so I posted a picture of myself on an eczema support group. Someone told me I had topical steroid addiction. They said “get off steroids and do your research in TSW”. I’m so grateful for that person.

What were the first tell tale symptoms you experienced?

Deep bone itch, red skin, swollen eyes

What is one memory during the withdrawal that you will never forget?

I went to a dermatologist and he’s begging me to put steroids on after explaining to him that my body is addicted to them and that they don’t help anymore. He made me feel so vulnerable and alone.

How is your TSW journey going?

I’m 4 years in and it has gotten better but I’m still going through TSW.

If you had a call to action for the medical community, what would it be?

Don’t ignore what you see in front of you. Steroids are not the only answer. Figure out what the CAUSE of the problem is.

What was a pastime you use to help during TSW?

Using fans, ice packs, and salt baths

What is something you wish to share with the community?

We are not alone. Prayer gives you strength.

What is a quote you live by?

When you can’t control what’s happening , challenge yourself to control the way you respond. That is your power!

What resources help during TSW?

  • Itsan
  • TSW support groups
  • Documentary, Preventable

What is your instagram handle?

I dont have my own TSW profile, but I follow many others

Thank you, Liron.

We love you. We see you. We are you.

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