Thank you so much for stopping by to support my campaign for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
I was diagnosed with psoriasis at age 17, when I noticed a thumbprint sized patch of red, scaly skin on my neck just in the hairline. Over the years, my psoriasis has spread to my entire scalp, down onto my face in patches, behind and inside my ears, and several patches on my torso. The disease progressed over the years and I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in my 20's. Psoriatic arthritis is quite painful and can be debilitating. I struggle to do a lot of things even though I hide it most of the time. It doesn't just affect you physically. Having patches of skin that are red and scaly, and often itchy can lead to emotional issues as well such as being too embarrassed to go out or to wear comfortable clothes because you are afraid of what people will think. I've been on a multitude of medications over the years, even a chemotherapy drug, to try to help manage my symptoms and maintain my joint health.
There is no cure.
Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects the lives of 7.5 million people in the United States and more than 125 million people across the world. Around 30% of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis which is an inflammatory form of arthritis.
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