Time heals all wounds, and in my case, time healed my confidence with psoriasis. The first year that I had all the patches, visibly irritated skin, and scarring was by far the hardest.
It seems as though I went from someone with nearly flawless skin to someone who looked like they were exposed to allergic reactions throughout my body. Time allowed me to go through all five stages of grief and help me arrive at acceptance.
Self-love will always be the strongest catalyst to living with the chronic disease, but it definitely helps to have a loving girlfriend, supportive friends, and a concerned family.
Throughout my entire psoriasis journey, I have become more observant of people and their insecurities. At times, psoriasis is still one of my insecurities, but it’s not as crippling as before. I would wear long sleeves or long socks on a warm day just so people wouldn’t confront me about my skin.
Nowadays, I walk around as though nothing is going on, and that’s how everyone else treats it. It’s just something I deal with, and it doesn’t take anything away from the person I am.
There are, however, nights that I’m itching and scratching my body and wish I didn’t deal with psoriasis. The redness, dryness, and irritations never get old. They’re still just as annoying as before, but I just deal with it.
When observing pictures or videos prior to my diagnosis, I see a strong, happy, and confident individual. To this day, I look at my current pictures and videos and notice the exact same thing.
My confidence and mental health took a giant drop at the onset of my psoriasis, but it gradually built up over time as I became more and more familiar with my new reality.
For anyone dealing with psoriasis flare-ups, scarring, and any other difficult effects, I say to be proud of it. Manage everything that is in your control and keep pushing forward. I think about burn victims who deal with their reality on a daily basis.
We can’t stay down and hide away from our imperfections or insecurities. We have to confront our realities head-on and continue moving on with our lives.
My promise to myself is to never wish I had different circumstances because psoriasis is part of my reality in the near and long-term future. I’m still able to work, travel, attend concerts, and spend time with the people I love.
From time to time, I take a moment to self-reflect on my thoughts about psoriasis, but I also remind myself that I have so much to appreciate.
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