Happy World Psoriasis Day!
I’ve never been diagnosed with psoriasis, but I do have a psoriatic disease – Psoriatic Arthritis. There are many differences between the two diagnosis (Psoriasis primary attacks the skin and Psoriatic Arthritis is systemic and attacks your joints), but the more I learn about my own diagnosis, the more I realize how important Psoriasis is to all of us.
Why is that, you may be asking?
Well, there are over 100+ different autoimmune diseases and guess what . . . the research is pretty much in the stone age. There are SOOOOOOOO many unknowns when it comes to autoimmune disease. And the number of individuals with autoimmunity is on the rise!
The tricky thing about autoimmunity is that it’s such a complex process that’s happening deep within our bodies. Areas that aren’t as easy to access, like the skin. Enter in Psoriasis! Psoriasis is an autoimmune reaction that’s occurring right on the skin. Right in plain sight! Therefore, researchers are finding it easier to study this autoimmune reaction.
I’ve been working with the National Psoriasis Foundation for the past year and a half and have been made aware of some awesome research studies being conducted. I truly believe that if leading researchers are able to start to crack the code of Psoriasis, there will be a cascading effect, unlocking all sorts of unknowns within all the rest of the autoimmune disease.
Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis are both psoriatic diseases and are very similar. I love supporting my fellow Pso’ers and have really made some great friendships within the community. As part of World Psoriasis Day, I had the opportunity to interview a Dermatologist, Dr. Jackson, and a Psoriasis patient, Sarah.
Watch my interview:
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What I truly loved about these two, was that they understand that patients need to take a holistic approach when approaching autoimmunity. Sarah’s idea of reading and laughing with family and friends made me smile! Such a great tip 🙂
I really enjoyed the opportunity to interview them and I’m excited to share it with all of you. Dr. Jackson and Sarah were kind enough to do some great interviews – Check out my friend Todd’s at OvercomingPsoriasis.com!
Let’s all celebrate World Psoriasis Day by sharing our #psoriasis or #psoriaticArthritis story to raise awareness, acceptance and to help get funding to move towards a cure! Take the day to connect with other patients by using the hashtags #worldpsoriasisday, #ihopepso, #iactpso and #ichangepso!
And to get us into the fighting spirit, I’d love to revisit this post that some of my PsoFamily and I did back in August for the National Psoriasis Foundation’s Wellness Challenge!
Wishing You A Pain Free Day!
Are you a #spoonie, living the #chronicLife?
So often we allow the negatives of our chronic situation to overcome us and overshadow the positives. This November, join together with your #spoonieFam and celebrate all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for. Join in our #ChronicallyGrateful instagram challenge!
How Does It Work?
Each day, from November 1st through November 30th, a question will be posted on instagram by one of the hosts. These questions will help us start to shift our thought process from a negative one to a more positive one! The questions will explore different facets of our #ChronicConditions that we may not often look at. Each week a winner will be chosen to receive a fabulous prize.
How Do You Play Along?
1) Follow all the hosts and the prize sponsors!
2) Repost this flier to get more #spooniesinvolved!!!!
3) Answer each question. You can do this by reposting the official #ChronicallyGrateful meme or you can post your own picture that relates to the question
4) Make sure to tag each of the hosts and include the #ChronicallyGrateful hashtag in your post so we can see it!
Each week a prize will be given out to one of the #spoonies who participated. In order to win a prize that week you must have posted each day, tagged the hosts and followed the hosts and sponsors.
Whether you’re living the #SpoonieLife, rocking an #InvisibleIllness or are #chronicallyBeautiful, rocking a #VisibleIllness – get ready to have a #Grateful November, begin to explore all the positive aspects of your #ChronicIllness, and meet new people to add to your support team!
Challenge starts on Sunday😊
Stay tuned for more details! Click here to see on instagram!