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Staying Tough

Staying Tough

My name is Savanna and I was diagnosed at 18. Fresh out of high school, starting college, and all of a sudden little spots started popping up all over me. I went to a walk-in clinic thinking I had chicken pox but it was, unfortunately…psoriasis. 9 years and 68636895 medications later and I am 60% covered in red, scaly spots. I get stares, questions, and rude comments almost daily. It used to hurt to have someone walk up to me in the store and ask if I was on meth. Now I just don’t care. I wear shorts and bikinis in the summer. I wear black. I teach pre-k and my kids were very curious for the first 2 weeks and now they don’t to seem to even notice. I have adopted the idea that God gave me psoriasis because he knew I was tough enough to handle it.

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  • VickiN moderator
    3 years ago

    Wow Savanna, you sound like one strong woman! I sure wish I had had you as a teacher growing up 🙂 I think you are doing a brave and amazing thing by choosing to live your life without the fear of embarrassment, giving yourself permission to love the skin you are in, and to heck with those who would try to bring you down. Keep on sharing that positivity, it is so needed in this world!

    You definitely are tough enough to handle anything 🙂

  • CathyD moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi savvy49712,

    So sorry to hear about what you are continuing to go through with your psoriasis – it is difficult in itself, never mind when other people feel they need to comment on it! It really brightened my day to read that you are living your life and being so strong. I love the sentiment at the end of your story too – I believe everyone who has psoriasis is tough, even if it takes us a while to realise it ourselves. Thank you so much for sharing!

    – Cathy

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