“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
I recently participated in the National Psoriasis Foundation and Healthline.com‘s #PSelfie Photo Campaign, a wonderful social media initiative launched to support and empower those who are living with psoriasis.
I shared this photo and received a negative comment about it being a “joke” and that I’m not someone who “really has it.” I’ve had varying degrees of psoriasis for more than half of my life and have recently started to flare up again after being clear throughout my pregnancy. True. It’s not the worst it has ever been, but psoriasis isn’t a competition! Everyone has a unique experience with it and their own story to tell.
I chose to share that particular photo because those spots were brand new, having appeared overnight and they took form of the Little Dipper – which is kinda fun. I didn’t share the spots on the more risqué parts of my body or the ones that Koebnered my healing c-section scar or the ones on the parts of my post-baby body that I’m not quite ready to bare to the world.
I know my own personal experiences and struggles with psoriasis, so I can brush it off. But someone else may be discouraged to share and openly discuss their skin if they think someone will have a negative response.
So I ask you all to be kind, sometimes all you’re getting is a small glimpse into someone’s personal journey.