It seemed like the red spots took control of my body overnight. I was 15 when I was diagnosed with psoriasis and to my outrageously, dramatic teenage self it was as if life couldn’t get worse. I was already pretty awkward – long limbs and lanky, glasses (and not the cute kind), braces and now red spots covering my body! Why me??
As an (almost) grown up, I know that psoriasis isn’t the worst ailment that could have been bestowed upon me. But it isn’t pretty – it’s uncomfortable and can make you feel pretty self-conscious at times. Can you guess who’s the girl with the red spots in the lineup? (Hint: she’s not the bride)
You never completely overcome the weird stares or the even bolder “is that contagious?” question. My skin is a true tell of the stress I’m feeling and how well I’m treating my body. I’ve had enough of the greasy, steroid ointments, horrendous self-imposed shots, light box treatments and countless doctor visits. I can’t promise that I’ll completely change all habits overnight (sometimes a girl needs her pizza and wine), but I know that implementing small changes over time will affect the way my skin looks and feels.
Most people don’t know that psoriasis is a disease of the immune system, meaning your T cells and skin cells are going to battle within. Psoriasis isn’t just a vanity disease; there are emotional and physical stresses associated with living with it. I’m taking this journey to spread awareness about psoriasis and hope that my experiences can help someone.