I was diagnosed with plaque and guttate psoriasis when I was 15 and growing up with this disease has made me a stronger and a more confident me. Being a teenager with psoriasis made me feel secluded and incredibly self-conscious. People just didn’t understand what it was or why I had spots all over my body. My skin has a mind of its own and it always keeps me guessing. I can go through long stretches of time without any spots, but without warning they’ll come back overnight and usually stick around for an equally long stretch of time.
I will not let psoriasis define who I am. It has helped me become more aware of what my body + mind need in order to live a happier, healthier life. Psoriasis hasn’t limited what I’ve been able to do and achieve, it has only made me push harder.
My hope for this blog is to spread awareness of what psoriasis is and that it is not “just a skin condition.” It’s not only about vanity; there are mental and physical challenges that we must overcome daily associated with our disease. I want to share my trials and triumphs, tips and tricks of my experiences living with psoriasis. For me, it’s more than just medicine & prescriptions, it’s all about my overall wellness & health. I prefer a holistic approach to my treatments, but have experience using different topicals, light therapy and biologics with some successes and some failures. Living with psoriasis is a constant reminder to take care of my body, starting from the inside.
I ask you to keep in mind that we’re all different. Something that may work for me, may not be the best approach to take for your skin. I am not a doctor, nurse, nutritionist, etc., so I highly recommend that before starting any treatment you talk to your health care provider.