I had lunch with a fellow psoriasis conqueror a few weeks ago. One thing we had in common is that at some point in our life’s, we lied about our psoriasis. I remember being young and trying to comprehend my disease. When people would ask what it was, I would tell all types of lies. (Check out my latest post, 7 Lies I Told About Psoriasis http://beingmeinmyownskin.com/2013/04/13/7-lies-i-told-about-my-psoriasis/)
One of the reason’s why I lied was because I, myself, didn’t understand psoriasis. Imagine being 8 years old trying to explain an incurable medical condition, it’s not as easy as it seems.
Through my journey, I’ve discovered that there is only one reason to lie about your psoriasis… And that is because you are ashamed and want to hide. You are afraid of what people may think, or in my case it was easier to say it was something else that people could relate to, such as skin allergies or eczema.
But in doing that, you give yourself and your disease a disadvantage. As I look back over my life, I think of the thousands of people I could have educated about psoriasis, but I chose not to because I was ashamed.
For all of my psoriasis conquerors that are still suffering in silence, I hope that my post encourage you to finally come out the closet! I know all too well how hard it is to not only combat this disease physically, but mentally as well. The biggest thing that helps me is finding other people dealing with psoriasis. There is support out there! Meeting other people made me realize that I am not fighting this alone! Please check the top right corner for links to resources and support!
LETS GET RID OF THE SHAME