(BPT) - Are you living with psoriasis? Did you know it affects more than 7.5 million people? While your diagnosis can be daunting, you don't need to let this stop you from living your life and doing things you love - spending time with family, traveling and building relationships. Every psoriasis journey is different, but those living with psoriasis understand it shows on the skin, but it does not define you. Hear about three psoriasis patient advocates who opened up to share their inside story.
Todd Bello - Embarrassed, Shy and Self-Conscious
As an outgoing guy, Todd struggled with his psoriasis plaques and people thinking they were contagious. This stopped him from doing what he loved, traveling. On vacation, people would point to his plaques and call them 'disgusting.' Feeling held back, he knew he needed to make a change.
Todd Bello - Using Science to Make Strides
While there's no cure for psoriasis, Todd works tirelessly, alongside the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) and other advocates, to raise awareness and funds for research for better treatments for those living with psoriasis. He found his voice in advocacy and encourages others to keep fighting and dispels misconceptions about psoriasis.
Lori-Ann Holbrook - Navigating Relationships after Diagnosis
Though relieved with a diagnosis of psoriasis to better understand her body, Lori-Ann felt alone after receiving the news. She was afraid of her psoriasis, what living with this chronic disease meant for her life and most importantly her relationship with her husband.
Lori-Ann Holbrook - From Being Alone to Building a Community
As someone who felt alone after diagnosis, Lori-Ann built a strong social media following to remind others the importance of building communities and relationships - online, offline, with family, friends and care teams. She encourages followers to speak about concerns and be brave and honest about what they experience every day.
Sabrina Skiles - Unable to Express Herself
Upon diagnosis as a high schooler, her world was flipped upside down. Afraid to go on class trips and wear what she wanted for fear of being made fun of, psoriasis slowed her down from truly expressing herself and embracing one of her passions - her sense of style.
Sabrina Skiles - Mom, Wife, Fashionista and Advocate
From self-conscious teen to mentoring and running her blog, Sabrina lives by, 'I don't let psoriasis define who I am. I define who I am and how I live my life.' This mantra builds her confidence, and she finds reward in sharing fashion advice with others living with psoriasis.
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