Meet the Community Advocates
In order to stay up to date on latest treatments, drug discovery, clinical studies and how to manage psoriasis every day, PlaquePsoriasis.com brings you frequent articles, points of view and advice from leading patient advocates and experts.
Gemma was initially diagnosed as a young child and in 2012 a guttate psoriasis diagnosis. This inspired her to become interested in advocacy. Researching strategies to cope with the severe itching of a post-Strep flare (and prednisone induced insomnia) opened her up to a plethora of online communities. She came across approaches to managing the symptoms of psoriasis she had never come across before. Her experiences were mostly positive, but some encounters with dangerous advice inspired her to speak out. Read more.
Alisha Bridges has dealt with psoriasis since she was 7 years old when a bad case of chicken pox triggered the isease to spread on over 90% of her body. For years she hid in shame afraid of what people would think of such a visible disease. As a result, she was inspired to create her blog, Being Me in My Own Skin. Read more.
Howard Chang has had severe psoriasis for most of his life. After about two years of trying treatment after treatment, he found one that worked to calm the inflammation storm to a more manageable level. His experience inspired him to create a blog and become an advocate for patient empowerment. Read more.
Catherine Dolan is a moderator for PlaquePsoriasis.com and Psoriatic-Arthritis.com. While she has had psoriasis for as long as she can remember; the severity and type of which has varied throughout the years. As her psoriasis has always been with her in some shape or form, she has come to feel that it is part of her. Read more.
Clair Gardiner is a moderator and contributor for PlaquePsoriasis.com She has suffered with plaque psoriasis, affecting her face, scalp, legs, nails, arms, hands, and one or two sensitive places to various degrees over the last 12 years. Adding mild psoriatic arthritis to the mix a few years down the line has made for some exciting adventures and many painful moments. Read more.
Brittany Ineson is fairly new to the psoriasis community, having been diagnosed only five years ago. Triggered by extreme stress, her psoriasis spread fairly quickly, unsure that what she had was in fact psoriasis and having nowhere to turn, Brittany dove into the world wide web for answers. She stumbled across fellow psoriasis patients and their blogs and this encouraged Brittany to receive actual medical help and begin her own blog, SeeingPspots, in hopes that she could help others the way that she was through others inspirational and honest stories. Read more.
Joni Kazantzis is a blogger dedicated to creating awareness, educating about the disease, and sharing personal stories of her 18+ year journey with psoriasis. Her mission is to create a sense of community and togetherness as well as share information that can help her readers cope with the day-to-day challenges of living with psoriasis. Read More.
Jaime Lyn Moy
Jaime Lyn Moy’s experiences with psoriatic disease began with her son who was diagnosed at age 4 with psoriasis and age 5 with juvenile psoriatic arthritis. Three years later, she received her own diagnosis of both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Jaime’s psoriatic disease was mild for many years but became more severe physically and emotionally during the past five years. Read more.
Vicki Nowell is a moderator and contributor for PlaquePsoriasis.com and Psoriatic-Arthritis.com. She was diagnosed with guttate psoriasis in her late teens. Despite having initial success with topical treatments and phototherapy, her psoriasis returned. In her other life, she co-moderates a Facebook psoriasis group while working as a microbiologist in the field of molecular diagnostics. Read more.
Chris Pettit has had “skin issues” his whole life but was formally diagnosed with plaque and guttate psoriasis when he was a young teenager. He endured many years of being ostracized, discriminated against, and embarrassed. Then, the year he turned 30, his wife started working for National Psoriasis Foundation. He learned new information about psoriasis he had never heard before. For the first time, he took control of his disease and got proper treatment. Read more.
Leah was diagnosed with psoriasis at age 16. She is a recent graduate of TCNJ with a B.S. in Biology and hopes to attend osteopathic medical school. She is passionate about tea, good food, and finding the best Netflix shows (if you haven’t seen Dark (2017), you’re missing out!). She’s very excited to join this community to contribute and continue to learn even more about psoriasis. Read more.
Although advocate Diane Talbert had psoriasis for more than 50 years and psoriatic arthritis for 20 years, she was not diagnosed with PsA until 10 years ago. She is a blogger and an advocate for psoriasis and educates others about this disease by participating in annual Capitol Hill visits and speaks at Town Hall Meetings. Read more.
Tikeyah Varner was diagnosed with plaque psoriasis in 2009 but it hasn’t stopped her from following her dreams. She decided to take control of her psoriasis by advocating and helping others cope with their disease through her writing. Read more.
Jaime Weinstein is a writer, marketing consultant, dog mom and patient advocate. Living with Crohn’s disease and Psoriasis since her teens, her body added Arthritis to the mix in her 30s just to keep things interesting. Read more.
Judy Donnelly has lived with psoriasis for over 50 years. While Judy Donnelly is new to the blogging world, she is not new to psoriasis or writing. As a former teacher and mother of two sons, Judy has dealt with her share of psoriasis stressors. She looks forward to sharing her experiences with the community.Read more.
Ryan Johnson is a fitness professional based out of New York City. First diagnosed with psoriasis in elementary school, Ryan has dealt first hand with the struggles it brings. Along with training clients in-person and online, Ryan is a writer and co-founder of Sons Of Strength. He and his brother, Eric, are the dynamic duo of the fitness industry. Read more.
Anna Lysakowska is a travel blogger, journalist, and psoriasis advocate. Since her initial diagnosis at the age of 16, Anna has experienced many forms of treatment. Unfortunately, none of them have been really effective. Read more.
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