Senior Citizen Story

I am female senior citizen, age 69, and only developed psoriasis some 12 years ago. It was over my entire body except the palms of my hands and soles of my feet. The itching and lesions were torturing, especially at night. Because I have a compromised immune system, I can’t take the pills or shots so have to rely on creams and light therapy. Twice I have gone into remission but the psoriasis is back now.

I also have psoriatic arthritis along with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Right now I have a flare-up of psoriatic arthritis in my left ankle that is causing swelling, redness and lots of pain. I was told to stay off my feet, but sitting around isn’t good for me so I’m trying to strike a balance.

A few years ago I decided that I was no longer going to cover my arms and legs. This is who I am. It has been surprising and gratifying that people have come up to me and asked if I have psoriasis, then share their own stories.

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