GIORGIA LANUZZA: I’ve had my Psoriasis for 13 years now. I don’t want to get rid of it. COMM: 25-year-old Giorgia Lanuzza has suffered from the skin condition Psoriasis since she was a teenager. GIORGIA LANUZZA: So I first realised that I had something just after I lost my dad when
I was 13 years old. I had these patches, red patches, just on my knees and on my elbows.
It was difficult for me obviously because not only was I going through stress and the
grief of losing my dad, but being a 13-year-old with big red dots coming up was, is quite
difficult. COMM: A few years ago Giorgia decided to visit her friend in Thailand. GIORGIA LANUZZA: My skin had been amazing for months. However, at the end of the first
month in Thailand, I contracted a throat virus, which is quite common, I’ve had them before.
However, this one just completely changed my skin. They said that my body was over 97%
covered. It was extremely severe. GIORGIA LANUZZA: I had written in this journal, just after dad died I started, and inside
it I had written that I really wanted to help people. If I can look good in my pictures,
so can they. I got back to England and I just looked through all my photos from my trip
and thought, ‘I need to show people this. I need to show people that it can get really
bad but it will get better.’ Because I was in an extremely dark place. So many people
have the same condition as me. So many people are uncomfortable, insecure, or unconfident
with themselves, whether it be psoriasis or anything else. ROBYN PATTON: I think she was really brave to show the photos and to not be bothered
about it, you know, to kind of just be happy with herself. COMM: Photographer Giorgia has also created her own Facebook page and plans to launch a website to help other people dealing with psoriasis. GIORGIA LANUZZA: It’s called ‘Different Skin – The Real Giorgia’ and it’s basically
just for people who want to ask for information and if they can post their pictures, I’ll
post mine and it’s the best feeling when you’re hearing these stories and these people
telling you, you know, thank you like ‘You’ve made me feel so much more confident. If you
can do It than I can do it.’ I’m trying to show that you can be beautiful with your
flaws and yet the whole world has been brought up to learn something different. I want to
help people feel better about their skin. I don’t want to cure mine. My dad left me
with this skin and I will keep it forever, as a memory of him, and if this is what he’s
left me, I’m gonna turn it into a good thing.
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