World Psoriasis Day 2019: Where in the World Is Psoriasis?
Today is October 29, also known as World Psoriasis Day! People living all over the world are impacted by psoriasis - 125 million1 to be exact. Managing psoriasis around the world can look differently for everyone depending on their environment and severity of their psoriasis. This year, we asked a few of our wonderful advocates what it's like managing psoriasis in their part of the world. Let's hear what they have to say!
What is it like to live in your hometown with psoriasis?
Clair Gardiner, Cape Town, South Africa
"We have a local community which is struggling to get on its feet and many people are still struggling to get the help that they need. My flares are seasonal, summer my skin clears and in the winter my skin comes out to play, bringing all my joints along for the ride. I have tried various diets, some bring temporary relief, however, I have never managed to find something that works long term. The weather seems to be at the core of my flares and that is impossible to control. Many years ago, I made mental peace with my skin and my joints, but being as they are, some days it still gets to me. I do my best to live day to day and work with it, rather than against it."
Jack Gavertz, Manchester, United Kingdom
"My name is Jack and I’ve lived with psoriasis since I was 11. At times it had been extremely tough and I’ve suffered bouts of depression and anxiety as a result of this disease. But, in the last few months, things have been looking up as I’m now on a stable biologic treatment which has kept my symptoms away. It’s truly remarkable. I feel like I have a new lease of life sometimes, it’s brilliant. I would urge anyone suffering not to do so in silence and keep trying the medications. There are so many and it’s easy to give up hope. Remember, you are strong and worthy. Give yourself time and time will eventually bring something good."
Diane Talbert, Maryland, United States
"I have always had a bad case of psoriasis. I was always covered over 70% of my body. As I've gotten older, I have learned to take better care of myself. I am no longer able to take a biologic, so I have to do alternative things. I have learned to take better care of myself which is helping a lot. I cut back on red meat and processed foods. I do eat more fatty fish such as salmon and sardines. I have also started eating more fruits and vegetables. I spent most of my life embarrassed by my disease. I wouldn't wear short sleeves or shorts, but now as I have gotten older I've gained a whole different perspective on having this disease. I decided years ago to break this vicious cycle. I take better care of myself and stop worrying about what other people think about me. I eat right; I get plenty of rest< and I exercise now. I have been an advocate for my disease for years so I speak for those who can't speak for themselves."
We're all in this together
While everyone has their own set of challenges of what living with psoriasis is like for them, it's reassuring to know that you're not alone. The more we share and support one another, the better off we will be. Whether it’s sharing ways you manage your psoriasis, tips on your daily life, or an experience you had, we want to hear from you!
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