When I was 18 and doing military service I was diagnosed with psoriasis. It was the first time I had heard the word “psoriasis” and I certainly didn’t know any of the specialised terms - a thousand things went through my head.
The disease impacted my life. It made me feel down and depressed, but as I found more information about the disease and talked about it with others at the patient association I joined, I felt a lot better.
Since my diagnosis I have taken a multitude of treatments from topical treatments which are applied directly to the skin, to oral systemic treatments, phototherapy and recently I began taking a new treatment. My disease is under control and I feel comfortable with myself, not sad or down. It's important for me to see myself with clear skin, free of patches.
Psoriasis: The Naked Truth is important. First of all to provide information on psoriasis. Also through such a beautiful and exciting project, those of us with psoriasis can do our bit to remove the stigma of psoriasis and to let people know that it is not infectious. We can help people realise that it is possible to live a fulfilling life even with psoriasis.