I still think it has helped improve my life in some ways, I feel like I'm a stronger person because of it and it has put some of my other problems in perspective, but that doesn't mean I don't still struggle with it at times.
I work in a restaurant serving customers and making deliveries as well, so I'm around people a lot. It's really not an option for me to leave my lips alone or experiment too much because most of my income is from tips and I need to look my best. I use a lip balm that works for me and I don't let this problem get in the way of what I need or want to do with my life.
Right now I'm working on acceptance. I just feel like it's going to take a while, maybe years, but everyday it seems like I feel a little better about myself. It just really gets to me sometimes.