Irish fashion stylist Sonya Lennon has spoken out about her daughter’s horrific pharmacy experience that led her to return to ask staff to “suspend judgment” going forward.
Sonya felt compelled to speak out on LinkedIn about a recent experience with her 17-year-old daughter and her acne treatment.
The post, which has been viewed thousands of times, explains how her daughter experienced very unkind treatment at an Irish pharmacy.
The open letter first explains how the 17-year-old has been taking strong medication to help improve her skin as she suffered from acne.
Sonya explains: ‘The side effects are brutal, mood swings, extreme dryness, nosebleeds and in some cases depression induced.
“At every step of the process, we have given our daughter an opt-out, stop at any time. But the remarkable effects on the skin were enough to make her want to endure it under close scrutiny.”
The co-founder of Dress for Success Dublin went on to explain that one of the critical and most serious side effects is “the impact on a fetus while taking the medication.”
‘This requires the patient to sign a binding promise to abstain from sexual intercourse or take the birth control pill.
Sonya revealed that her daughter must present a negative pregnancy test to prove she is still eligible to take the drug.
“Our smart, confident daughter has been going to the pharmacy for eight months now to buy these pregnancy tests. Every time without fail, someone, usually a customer, grins, grins, makes a disparaging comment, makes a judgment, or does something that makes her feel like she needs to explain herself, which she doesn’t do.
A less confident person would have passed the task on to a parent or someone else, but she refuses to be ashamed of an action that is needed.
And even if she bought a pregnancy test to see if she was pregnant, there’s still no reason for a surface action judgment without any context.
“This month, the side nod and involuntary laughter came from one pharmacy assistant to another. That was too much.
“I went to talk to the staff and explained the situation. I asked them to suspend their judgment and think twice before making assumptions. They were very embarrassed and apologized unconditionally.
‘They are good people who have fallen victim to society’s basic instincts and the predisposition to be quick to judge.
“Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we stopped judging people by the small patch of iceberg visible above the waterline and practiced kindness, tolerance and humility.”
Sonya is one of the three founders of LIFT, Leading Ireland’s Future Together, an eight-part group learning program being rolled out nationwide through a volunteer network.
The designer concluded the post by stating: ‘The work happening in LIFT Ireland is exactly that, helping everyone to lead themselves better, moving away from judging and categorizing people and instead putting the whole person in front of them. see with empathy and kindness .
“This stuff is so important if we want to be truly inclusive and fair in our day-to-day interactions with others. Be nice.’