Kelly Barta, who has previously appeared on this website, is a survivor of topical steroid addiction and withdrawal. We don’t use word survivor lightly. In her book, Kelly chronicles her eczema from childhood (when she was called “elephant man”) to her harrowing experience with an iatrogenic disease (caused by treatment) that took a terrible toll on her family life as an adult. As if this powerful autobiography weren’t enough, the book is also a detailed guide to the disease and to treatment. Past president of ITSAN (International Topical Steroid Addiction Network) where she still serves as a board member, Kelly currently serves as president of the Coalition of Skin Diseases, an umbrella organization comprised of more than 25 national skin-related patient groups, which exists to raise awareness of skin diseases and advocate for the 84+ million Americans living with skin conditions. She also sits on the Patient Advocacy Task Force of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Atopic Dermatitis Advisory Panel for Globalskin.