My psoriasis appeared in 1981. Nobody knew what it was and I had even less idea. I went from doctor to doctor for a long time without knowing what it was. For over 20 years, psoriasis ruined my life - I felt like I was in a prison, and I didn’t dare show my skin at all. I tried various treatments which gave me some relief but the patches were still there.
Four years ago I started taking a new treatment and now have clear skin. At first it was hard for me to get used to my new body - in my head I still had psoriasis. My treatment has released me from the prison I was in - it has given me back the desire to live, a zest for life, the desire to dress up, to wear jewellery again.
I want to let people know that even if psoriasis can't yet be cured, there's lots of hope. That there are treatments that will help people to love themselves, to feel better in their lives, in their work and in their family lives.