Inspiring People with Psoriasis

After having had psoriasis for over 50 years. I have felt worn out, self-conscious and alone plenty of times. People just don’t get it. I have often said “why did this happen to me?” However, after finding my voice, it helped me cope with some of the stress. I found a way to advocate and educate others. You don’t have to become a spokesperson and put yourself out there in a way you’re not comfortable with, but rather find an outlet that works for you. Everyone must find their own special way of advocating.

Below are average, everyday people who became extraordinary champions for psoriasis. They broke barriers, overcame odds and brought awareness to a disease that was left in the shadows. They shined a spotlight on their spots and openly discussed their private battle with psoriasis.

Luissa Burton

Beauty pageant winner, model and Ambassador for British Skin Foundation are just a few of the accomplishments of this gorgeous woman. She is an activist, adventure seeker and hopeful entrepreneur. A passionate volunteer with many worthy charities but at the same time a risky daredevil who constantly pushes her boundaries. She was featured on Maxim’s finest and crowned Miss Earth England in 2016. She is achieving her dreams despite her skin condition.

Dara Torres

This five-time Olympian and 12-time medalist was one of the first athletes to open up about her battle, in hopes of encouraging others to feel less shame about the condition. She has been on countless magazine covers, written several articles on health and a New York Times bestseller. She even has her own health and fitness app for smartphones. She believes in a healthy and active lifestyle

La La Anderson

Actress, TV personality, producer and best-selling author are just a few of the accomplishments of this amazing woman. She believes living with psoriasis doesn't mean you have to miss out on life's positive moments or give up your ambitions. La La got her start at the early age of 19 in radio and eventually worked her way to MTV in 2001. She is best known for hosting Total Request Live.

Cyndi Lauper

This “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” singer was a major face of the 80’s and could be seen on posters in little girl’s rooms the world over. She is lovingly adored as a pop culture icon. In addition, to her lengthy and successful music career, she had several guest roles on TV and even was featured on The Apprentice.

Anna Lysakowska

Popular travel blogger with a chic flair and self-proclaimed fashionista. Her blog highlights her many travels, her experiences and her psoriasis. She has created an online boutique for fans who admire her story and her wardrobe. She writes about adjusting her wardrobe to her psoriasis flares. Anna is a world traveler and has an impressive resume of travels which she chronicles on her blog.

Phil Mickelson

One of the most recognized and respected names in professional golf, Phil Mickelson continues to break records. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters Titles, a PGA Championship and an Open Championship. He has battle psoriatic arthritis and you may have seen him on Enbrel websites openly discussing his diagnosis and treatment.

Celia Martinez

Celia is a social media celebrity and inspiration to many. She has transformed her Instagram into a psoriasis platform to bring awareness and promote self-love and acceptance. She writes: “my psoriasis is something special since it is triggered by a blood problem, I have very high levels of anti-streptolysin O and I also have bacteria called streptococcus that produces it.”

Giorgia Ianuzza

Giorgia is a beautiful woman living with psoriasis that has a deep appreciation for her skin and uses her platform to change people’s perception of beauty. She has said her psoriasis has made her very proud. Some call her a new generation pioneer for psoriasis. Her goal is not to hide from her disease but to highlight it in series that focus on psoriasis. She began photographing herself and thought she looked good even covered in sores.

As you can see anyone can become a champion for psoriasis, (even me) but you need to find what you’re comfortable with. Do it when and if you’re ready and if it’s not your calling, that’s ok too. However, you may find strength in sharing some part of your story. If nothing else let these inspiring people open your eyes to the limitless possibilities and never allow your disease to stand in the way of your dreams.

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