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Stress! Who Me?

I have had stress my whole life. I remember my first day of school in 1968. I was not allowed to go into the classroom with other kids. I was 80% covered in psoriasis and no one knew what I had, they thought I was contagious. I was immediately taken to a hospital and quarantine without my parents.  I don’t know if stress was on my mind, but I did realize that having this disease was not going to turn out good for me. I was 5 at the time.

Over the years I have learned how important it is to not be stressed with psoriasis. I try to live a stress-free life.  I have been told that stress is a major factor in keeping my psoriasis under control. I know that over the years I have stressed a lot over my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. It can be hard to be happy when you’re scratching, in pain, and covered in scales.

Emotional roller coaster

I used to get upset when people would point and stare at me. They would ask questions and even give advice.  My stress level would get so high and I would immediately start scratching and in a few days start having a full blown flare. It’s bad enough to suffer from itchy, painful, scaly skin without other people making it worse by insensitive remarks.

People didn’t even want to shake my hands. When I was in my teens I was on an emotional roller coaster. No part of my body was clear; even my face was under attack. I just wanted to hide under a rock and never come out.

But even today with the best treatments out there, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can still be a hard condition to live with.  The treatments stop working and it seems like you are back to square one.

Living stress free – one day at a time

We struggle as people to live a stress-free life. We have to deal with traffic, people, jobs, family, friends, etc. Eating the right foods will help stress too. Our doctors tell us to drink our milk, eat more vegetables, fruits and drink plenty of water. Even our relationships with family and friends is an important factor in stress.

I enjoy walking to relieve stress. Getting plenty of sleep is important. When our immune system is weak, stress gets in the body. I won’t let the everyday stress of life rule me. I will take control of my health by doing everything possible to eliminate how stress affects me.

Try to relax daily. Take time to smell the roses. Stress is known to make psoriasis worse, and when you’re suffering from a flare-up, you can end up feeling even more stress.

I’ve made up mind that if I have anything to say about it. I’m going to live a stress-free life.  I have learned to accept the fact that I have a disease that has no cure.  I have learned to educate myself and have a good attitude about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. If people stare, point and make remarks, I educate them. Let people know that I am not contagious.

If you find that you can’t cope, join a support group where you can talk to people who can relate to you. They will understand what you are going through and give you much needed support. If you can’t find a support group, start one.

I owe it to myself to take care of me and because of my psoriasis I’ve become a better me, by living stress-free.

Over the years I have been an active advocate for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, speaking up and out about this disease.

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