It took me a long time to get used to having EPP, and to learn what preventative measures worked for me. I also had to learn how much sunlight I could handle before a reaction set in. This was really hard. 23 years later, I still have days when I think I will be ok in a bit of sunlight, and the next thing I know I'm kicking myself for allowing a reaction to occur.
This disease has taught me a lot. Most importantly, I realize that I am very lucky. There are many others who suffer far worse than I do when exposed to sunlight. EPP is mostly a huge inconvenience in my life, but it’s something that I’ve accepted. So, if you see me running desperately to the shade or hiding under my hats and umbrella, don’t feel bad for me or think I’m weird. That’s just me living with my “sun thing.”