This will be my 3rd marathon since I started using fitness to handle my psoriasis. 4 years ago I was very overweight (see picture on the left) and my psoriasis was uncontrollable. Life is no fun when you've got this nasty disease controlling you. I started training for my 1st marathon and over time lost the weight (see picture on right) which changed my psoriasis and my life!
Running in the NYC Marathon for the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the collision of two important parts of my life: running and treating my psoriasis.
The NPF does a lot awesome psoriasis research and have been trying to develop a cure for this skin disease! Check out their awesome research initiatives here: https://www.psoriasis.org/cure/research-initiatives
I won't bore you with a sales pitch of why you should donate to support this incredible organization- instead we'll play a little game of myths and facts about psoriasis! Just a heads up, at some point in the past 20 years of living with this disease I've had people ask me these questions. Let's go!
Myth: Psoriasis is contagious.
Fact: Psoriasis is as contagious as stupidity is.
Myth: Psoriasis is only on your knees and elbows.
Fact: I assume your grandfather told you this... in fact most forms of psoriasis presents itself all over your body. Ouch.
Myth: Psoriasis flare-ups are random.
Fact: Nope, it can actually be triggered by stress. Gotta get that yoga mat out.
Myth: It doesn't hurt. It just looks bad.
Fact: It hurts and itches at the same time!
Myth: It's just a skin disease... get over it.
Fact: Psoriasis actually comes with psoriatic arthritis, propensity for obesity and cardiovascular disease. Man, that's a basketfull of stuff I don't want.
Myth: Just take some meds and get rid of it. It's that easy!
Fact: Shoot. You should have told me that 20 years ago! Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease that currently has no cure... unless the NPF can find one! So donate!
Thanks and stay tuned for updates to this page!
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