For the Love of Psoriasis

Last updated: December 2018

As we are in the throes of the holiday season and looking forward to the New Year, it makes me want to spread some love around. I have found that giving to others helps reduce stress and reminds me to be thankful for the things I do have. It is easy for me to get caught up in all the things my psoriasis prevents me from doing, but taking a step back and realizing that it can’t keep me from blessing others is freeing.

Safely giving back with chronic illness

If your immune system is compromised or you have open sores, being in a crowded soup kitchen or other heavily-populated public places may be out of the question. Here are some other psoriasis-friendly ways to give back during the season and year-round.

Give others support

Being newly diagnosed, battling a flare or dealing with the stress of finding the right treatment can be tough. Sometimes just a word of support or sharing your experience can make a difference in the life of someone who is struggling. In-person interactions are always best, but going on to a support page or forum and connecting virtually can be just as impactful.

Time commitment: Moderate 
Cost: Free

Help at a food pantry

Many local churches fulfill community hunger needs through small food pantries. My family and I volunteered for this one year and it was a great fit for us. We were able to go in after-hours and fill boxes based on a pre-provided list. We were able to work alone and go off of our own schedule. If you are physically not able to pack boxes, consider finding out what foods are most needed and donate those items.

Time commitment: Moderate
Cost: Free - $

Make a donation

Many of us with chronic illnessspend most of our income on medications and office visits, but if you have the means to make a financial donation, this is an easy way to make a big impact. Find organizations that directly benefit psoriasis, such as the National Psoriasis Foundation, or other non-profits that you resonate with. Checking out Charity Navigator is a great way to find out how your money is being spent.

Time commitment: Low
Cost: $ - $$$

Give to a local family

Since we have been impacted by a health-related issue, I love the idea of helping out another family that is going through the same thing. We have an organization locally called Dollar for Portland that helps families of medical crises. The minimum donation is $1. There are also many adopt-a-family programs nationwide. Gifts don’t always have to be new and the ones I have experience with offer a range of family sizes to accommodate any budget.

Time commitment: Low-moderate
Cost: $$ - $$$

Share resources on social media

You never know who may be battling mental health issues or addiction. Just because someone seems “perfect” on social media, doesn’t mean they are. Share the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP. You may be helping someone without knowing it.

Time commitment: Low
Cost: Free

Pay it forward

No matter how you choose to give back, I would encourage you to keep your eyes open and your head up to be aware of the needs around you. There are seasons for giving and seasons for receiving, but we need everyone to keep the circle going.

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