A young man, who struggled with eczema throughout his life, has created a storybook with the help of Fixers encouraging children with skin conditions to stay positive and not to feel isolated.
Aadam Elahi’s (16) book, entitled ‘Itchy Witchy’, follows the story of eight-year-old Josh who feels frustrated and sad because of his eczema, but eventually begins to treat the condition and feels much better.
To promote his story, Aadam is hosting two reading sessions of his book on Saturday 10th August at Walthamstow Library, High Street, from 11am-12pm, and Wood Street Library, Forest Road, from 2pm-3pm.
Aadam from Leytonstone, London, tried many different methods throughout his childhood to alleviate the skin condition, and even needed specialist treatment at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital to remove eczema from his eyes (you can read more about his story here).
Now, he is glad that the book – which was illustrated by Kate Harrison – will make a difference to others.
‘I was nearly speechless when I saw the book. It turned out so, so well. The variety of fonts and pictures will really appeal to young people,’ says Aadam.
‘I am really excited to be doing the readings of my book, and I hope that children will see that they are not alone, and that there is hope for people who have skin conditions.
‘You are not different, you are not weird, and with the right treatment and support you can beat skin conditions and be whoever you want to be.’
Click here for Waltham Forest Libraries ‘What’s On’ Booklet, which includes details about Aadam’s reading sessions on Saturday 10th August.
Read Aadam's storybook 'Itchy Witchy' below.