ABC’s Scandal’s Katie Lowes talks living with Psoriasis

ABC’s Scandal’s Katie Lowes talks living with Psoriasis


PSORIASIS IMPACTS PSORIASIS IMPACTS LIFE, AND PATIENTS EXPERIENCE SIGNIFICANT EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL STRESS. QUINN PERKINS, KATIE LOWES, IS HERE TO TELL US HER PERSONAL STORY.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME, ALEX.>>TELL US WHY YOU DECIDED TO COME OUT WITH THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE PSORIASIS.>>I WAS DIAGNOSED EIGHT YEARS AGO, AND I — UGH, BEING AN ACTOR IN HOLLYWOOD, THERE IS PRESSURE TO BE PERFECT AND LOOK A CERTAIN WAY. I FELT SO EMBARRASSED, ASHAMED, AND ALONE, AND I FEEL LIKE I’VE BEEN LIVING WITH PSORIASIS FOR EIGHT YEARS. I GOT REALLY AGGRESSIVE AND DETERMINED TO FIND A DOCTOR THAT I TRUST AND FIND A TREATMENT THAT WORKS FOR ME. I’VE BEEN ABLE TO GET MY SYMPTOMS UNDER CONTROL. I’M NOT LIMITING MY LIFE ANYMORE OR MAKING LIFE DECISIONS BASED ON PSORIASIS. I’M USING THIS TIME TO INSPIRE PEOPLE, 7.5 MILLION AMERICANS LIVING WITH THIS DISEASE, I WANT THEM TO KNOW THEY’RE NOT ALONE, THEY ARE THEIR OWN BEST ADVOCATES, AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THEIR SYMPTOMS GET UNDER CONTROL. I’M PARTNERING WITH JENSEN AND WITH PSORIASIS INSIDE STORY.COM, AND USE THE SITE AS A TOOL TO HELP THEMSELVES FEEL BETTER, NOT FEEL ALONE, AND FEEL POWERFUL AND BRAVE. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO FIND A DOCTOR AND TREATMENT THAT WORKS FOR THEM.>>I LIKE THIS, TO HAVE SOMEBODY LIKE YOU WHO IS A ROLE MODEL FOR SO MANY PEOPLE IS HUGE FOR THEM.>>THANK YOU, THANK YOU, ALEX.>>WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE PERSONALLY?>>I WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO WOULDN’T TRAVEL SOMEWHERE BECAUSE THE WEATHER WAS A HUGE REASON FOR ME HAVING A OUTBREAK, OR I WOULDN’T WEAR CERTAIN CLOTHES BECAUSE I WAS HAVING A FLARE-UP. I’M ON THE OTHER SIDE. GO TO PSORIASISINSIDESTORY.COM AND SIGN UP AND TELL THEIR STORIES AND READ MY PERSONAL STORIES. THERE ARE THINGS THERE THAT WILL HELP THEM, THERE ARE BRANDS AND OTHER ADVOCATES THAT SHOULD INSPIRE THEM, THERE’S A PRINTOUT OF A BUNCH OF QUESTIONS YOU CAN BRING TO YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE SO YOU CAN FEEL BRAVE AND, YOU SNOW, USE THEM AS TALKING POINTS AND GUIDELINES TO FIND A TREATMENT THAT WORKS FOR YOU. YOU CAN ALSO GO TO MY FACEBOOK PAGE, THERE IS A BIG FACEBOOK LIVE EVE WHERE I TALK ABOUT MY PERSONAL STRUGGLES WITH PSORIASIS.>>IS THIS FREE?>>FREE? ON THE WEBSITE? ABSOLUTELY! THAT IS AS FREE AS IT COMES, AND THAT IS ALL ABOUT CREATING A PSORIASIS COMMUNITY. WITH 7.5 MILLION AMERICANS SUFFERING WITH THIS DISEASE, IT STARTS WITH US, SUPPORTING EACH OTHER AND SUPPORTING OURSELVES TO GET TO A PLACE WHERE WE ARE LIVING OUR BEST LIFE, AND ALSO LIVING WITH THIS DISEASE.>>YEAH, IT’S ABOUT BUILDING A COMMUNITY, AND PEOPLE ARE GOING TO FEEL THE SUPPORT NOT ONLY FROM YOU BUT FROM THE GREAT PROGRAM. KATIE, THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, ALEX.

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