Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 29 - World Psoriasis Day

Psoriasis is something I have lived with for as long as I can remember. In fact I was 7 years old when I was diagnosed with it. Right now my skin is pretty reasonable and not many people actually notice that I have it but I know that will change now that summer is coming and the types of clothes I wear will show more of my skin.

I'm no longer worried about what people think of me when they see my skin. I no longer wish to hide my skin either. When I was younger that was one of my main concerns but now I no longer care. In the past I have used the stares and weird looks from people as teaching points to help them understand what this 'funny stuff' is on my skin. Knowledge is power, right? 

Anyway, today is World Psoriasis Day. I took the following information to share from the World Psoriasis Day website. If you want to find out more about the day and what psoriasis is please feel free to click on the link below. Thanks.

World Psoriasis Day is an annual day specially dedicated to people with psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis

Aims of World Psoriasis Day 

 • Raising awareness: to let people with psoriasis know that they are not alone and to raise the profile of this devastating skin disease and the misery it can cause. To dispel myths about the condition, such as the mistaken view that psoriasis is contagious.

 • Improving access to treatment: to encourage healthcare systems,governments, physicians, carers and all those responsible for psoriasis care to allow psoriasis sufferers access to optimum therapy. For too long, psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis has been low priority. They are debilitating diseases and must move up the healthcare agenda.

 • Increasing understanding: to provide information to those who are affected by the condition as well as the general public in order to educatepeople about the condition so that they can discuss it more openly and confidently.

 • Building unity among the psoriasis community: to provide a platform from which patient voices from around the world can speak as one and be heard by key decision makers.
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