It is possible to lead a perfectly normal life after being diagnosed with psoriasis. This condition does not define who you are. It is not easy to deal with psoriasis especially during flare ups. A lot of people are leading their lives and have managed to deal with the condition. Here are two stories that I hope will inspire you to do the same.

Patient 1

At first my family did not know what ailment I was suffering from. My parents took me to see many doctors and each one of them treated me for something different. All the treatments I got seemed to make my skin irritate even more.

I eventually got a break when my mother s colleague at work referred us to an acquaintance of hers who was a dermatologist. That was when aged 7 years I got diagnosed with psoriasis. As time went by I could notice that I was different from the other kids at school.

It was not easy for me at school, my school mates and even the teachers all reacted in different ways. When they do not understand something kids can be very mean, I felt isolated. They gave me nasty nicknames and I was always explaining to them that what I had was not contagious.

As I got older and learned more about psoriasis it has become a bit tolerable. One of the most difficult things I have had to deal with is the discomfort I have to bear no matter the weather or what I choose to wear.

The medication I have to take comes with side effects such as mouth ulcers and nausea. When I have flare ups it gets worse. I cannot be around people and it takes its toll on my confidence. I choose to be alone during flare ups and I know my friends and loved ones do not understand it.

I know other people with psoriasis and we have a support system, it helps to talk and tell them how I feel. It makes me feel less isolated and I also love running a bath and taking my time soaking in it. I just wish people would understand that psoriasis is not contagious.

I am leading a normal life and it is getting better every day.

Patient 2

My mother was a nurse, so I was diagnosed when I was 4 years old. I was too young to know what was going on. I was taken to a dermatologist and my mother also tried a lot of homemade remedies to try and ease my discomfort.

My older sisters always helped apply my topical medications. The reality of my condition dawned on me when I was a teenager when I noticed other people were uncomfortable with how my skin looked when I showed some skin.

I endured a lot of humiliating comments and disgusted looks. I became very ashamed of my body and I could barely look at myself even when I was alone. I wore long sleeved clothes to cover up all the time. When I was old enough to talk to my dermatologist he gave me the most devastating news I have ever heard.

He said my condition was chronic and I had no choice but to learn how to live with it. I was so angry at God and for some reason my parents and the doctor. I could only imagine how miserable the rest of my life was going to be like.

As a teenager I suffered from depression. I was a loner and spent most of my time in my room. I repressed most of my thoughts and emotions. My parents tried to get me to open up but I felt like they could never understand me in a million years.

As time has gone by I have come to realize that it is okay to feel sad and vulnerable. I also have a support system which is a constant reminder that I am not alone. I am a strong and resilient person and I will get through this. I just wish more people knew about psoriasis so that we could stop all the ignorance out there.