newest therapies for psoriasis aim to interrupt an immune system
there are no words for what this disease does to me. At the age
of 17, within a three-day period, my beautiful skin was suddenly
covered with bright red psoriasis lesions, literally all over
my body. The doctors said there was no cure, but I couldn't believe
it. Why couldn't they burn it off, cut it out or give me a pill?
years later, this disease has devastated my self-esteem, appearance,
social life, work life and mental well-being. Endless doctors' visits,
treatment regimens and hospital stays have taken their toll. I struggle
daily with anxiety, itching and severe pain.
from the public's ignorance is even worse. Often, I want to just
stay home, because I'm afraid to go outside and have people see
my skin. A cashier will jump when he accidentally touches my hand,
as if he might catch some dreaded infection. Yesterday, a woman
at the swimming pool asked if I was contagious. I explained that
my psoriasis is neither contagious nor infectious, that my skin
just grows too quickly. She got right up and left the pool anyway.
Sometimes, parents even pull their kids away from me. People joke
about the 'heartbreak of psoriasis,' but it goes much deeper than
that. I wish they understood."
woman, member, National Psoriasis Foundation