This post is sponsored by AbbVie U.S. Medical Affairs.

I had the honor of recently sitting down with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Chesahna Kindred and fellow patient advocate Iyanu to talk about advancing psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis care, specifically for people of color, in a new episode of the National Psoriasis Foundation’s webinar series. I was so excited for the chance to talk about something that has been a part of me for almost 60 years and to share my experience. Thank you to AbbVie for partnering with us on this amazing opportunity.

As a Black woman, I’ve dealt with a lot of stigma that comes with my psoriasis – from being turned away from my first day of school because they thought I was contagious to not feeling beautiful on dates before I met my husband. I feel this stigma impacted my experiences with dermatologists and ultimately my care – until I learned how to advocate for myself. The National Psoriasis Foundation was the first community that encouraged me to use my voice. Once I did that, my life changed.

I wish I knew the power of my voice sooner. The good news is that you don’t need to go through the same experience I did to speak up and find a dermatologist who will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you.

Watch the full webinar episode to hear how I learned to advocate for myself at https://jlinks.io/3R9XrtH.