Maggie McGill Isn’t Afraid To Share The Reality Of Life With Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Maggie McGill was only 19-years-old when she first noticed painful bumps between her thighs.

“I was working at a outdoor summer camp and the sweat and friction from walking outside worsened my symptoms. I felt very alone and embarrassed,” she explained. Despite being certain she had HS, it was years before she had an official diagnosis.

Today, Maggie works as a content creator focusing on body liberation, fashion for all genders, and as she says, all things cozy.

Maggie wants to dispel the myths and prejudices that surround HS, and help other individuals who may be struggling, too.

“I lived with the pain of HS for six years because I was ashamed,” she explains. “When I told my mom about it, she said that my aunt and grandmother also had HS, but didn’t have the words for it. I was frustrated that I could have had a diagnosis sooner, or at least felt less alone in my pain. I didn’t want anyone else to suffer or feel ashamed or gross for having this very common disorder! So that’s why I decided to speak up.”

Today, her work reaches a worldwide community of people who have HS. “I get messages at least weekly from people who discovered they have HS through my videos or writing and it gave them the courage to seek help and those are the most meaningful messages,” she says.

Maggie gave us a behind-the-scenes look into a day in the life of someone with HS. “You deserve compassionate medical care, you deserve a treatment plan that works for you, and you are so so lovable,” she says. “You’re not alone in this.”

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Could Your Symptoms Be Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)?

When pimple-like bumps or boils start showing up in areas where skin rubs together, you may question what’s going on with your body. Take the quiz to see if your symptoms may be HS—a chronic inflammatory skin condition that may be linked to the immune system.

Please note: This quiz is not meant to diagnose patients with HS. After completing this quiz, please talk to your dermatologist about your answers as soon as possible.


Think you may have HS?
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Have you experienced tender, swollen bumps, either on or under your skin, that may produce foul-smelling liquid and scarring?

In the last 6 months, have these bumps reappeared 3 or more times?

Do these symptoms appear near your inner thighs, armpits, chest, groin, or buttocks?

Have your physical symptoms, such as sores, wounds, or pain, impacted your lifestyle or mental outlook?

Has anyone in your family been diagnosed with HS or experienced HS symptoms?