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All I Want for Christmas Is…

I can honestly say that I have everything I want for Christmas. As I looked back over the last 58 years of my life I can remember some of those holidays being the worst days of my life. I would be in so much pain that I couldn’t enjoy myself or was just too tired to get out of bed. I couldn’t have fun with my family and friends.

Over the last 10 or so years, I have been an advocate for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. I’ve done everything possible to take care of my condition. I’m able to get out of bed, invite over family and friends and enjoy time with my grand-kids. I’m the happiest I have been in years.

Remembering ppast Christmas flares

I remember many Christmas days being 70 to 80% covered in psoriasis and just not wanting to be around anyone. I just didn’t want to go on. I wanted to mail myself to the North Pole and not be seen. The flaking, plaques, scales, lesions and pain would always come back year after year. The more I tried to get rid of this disease, the worst it got. My condition was so bad that it never felt like a festive holiday to me.

I am still in pain from the psoriatic arthritis but in spite of that; I’m still happy and in the holiday spirit. Christmas is all around me and I loved being around people instead of hiding from them and they not understanding why.

Feeling happy and healthy this holiday season

I’m happy for my new home this Christmas, my job, and a family that is supportive, no matter what I am going through. I’m happy about all the knowledge that I’m able to share with others about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. I got to travel for the holidays which I haven’t done in years. I spoke at several events about my disease this year.

I love looking in the mirror as I do my hair and put cream on my skin as I celebrate this holiday season. I feel so peaceful this Christmas because I know it could be much worse. I choose to have a Merry Christmas and not complain about should have, could have or would have been. I have learned to be thankful for what was given to me and that my skin is not in layers and layers of psoriasis. I can’t do anything about it anyway.

I would like to say there is growth in every stage of our life. In my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis journey, my growth has tremendously leaped in big strides. Just getting the proper diagnoses and treatment has made all the difference in the world.

Having a new outlook

I’m more confident about my knowledge of this disease and being able to share that knowledge with others. I see things more differently than I’ve ever seen in my life. Not only is my outside healing but so is the inside. I try and let the light in me shine so that others can see that glow in me too. Sometimes, it’s not as bad as it seems. I’ve come to the conclusion that it feels really good not to be worn out this s Christmas.

I want to educate, so that can others with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can gain knowledge and enjoy their lives. Let’s stop the stigma now and find a cure.

Happy Holidays!!

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