“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Ian Macleren
I recently participated in the National Psoriasis Foundation and Healthline’s #PSelfie Photo Campaign. It is 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 flares for more than half of my life. I’ve recently started to flare up again after being clear throughout my pregnancy.
True. It’s not the worst it has ever been, but living with 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. They appeared overnight and they took form of the Little Dipper – which is kinda fun. I chose not to share the spots on the more personal parts of my body. Or the ones that appeared on my healing c-section scar thanks to the Koebner Phenomenon. Or the ones on the parts of my post-baby body that I’m not quite ready to bare to the world. I just wanted to participate in the campaign because I think it helps with awareness to show pictures of psoriasis. I have guttate psoriasis so my spots appear much smaller but all over my body and every single one is sore and uncomfortable.
I know my own personal experiences and struggles with psoriasis, so I can brush off the insensitive comment. But someone else may be discouraged to share and openly discuss their skin if they think someone will have a negative response. Sharing your story can bring you confidence and allows you to connect with a community who understands what you’re going through.
So I ask you all to be kind and supportive. Sometimes all you’re getting is a small glimpse into someone’s personal journey.