Olympic Swimmer Reveals She Has Psoriasis

Olympic Swimmer Reveals She Has Psoriasis


“This was developed in partnership with Celgene” This was developed in partnership with Celgene I’m teddy with Olympic winner and swimmer Dara Torres and Dr. Shane Chapman the section Chief of Dermatology at dartmouth-Hitchcock medical Center that was a law school How are you all doing today? We’re good to be talking with you awesome awesome so There’s a new great campaign called Show more view in I just want you all to kind of tell me more about that What exactly is the show more view campaign well as you know we had a fun photo. Shoot with Shane Excuse me famed photographer Martin Schoeller it was really a lot of fun there was myself and for the people there and we just really had a great time and we were able to bond and sort of talk about our experiences with pSoriatic disease and and The photographer was blasting music, and we just had a you know a fun photo. Shoot but the reason for this campaign is because we want to really educate people about story Otic disease and if you go to show more of you calm, our photos are on there as you know and Other people who are suffering with psoriatic disease have uploaded their photos share their inspirational stories We just encourage people to go to the website and learn more about pSoriatic disease So girl what has your life been like living with pSoriasis? And what changes have you seen in yourself since your diagnosis? Well? I was diagnosed back in the early 90s Which you didn’t really talk about Suriak disease back then and I just noticed these red Patches very itchy skin on my elbows and my lower back, and so I went to see my dermatologist. I was diagnosed with Psoriatic disease and psoriasis, and so for me personally it was tough because my business suit is a swimsuit So going out on a pool deck in your swimsuit with these red patches on your skin was very Embarrassing and so I feel very honored to have teamed with Soulja you know, Tesla to Really, just lend my voice and use this platform to teach people about what psoriasis is and and just really honored to be a part of the show more you can and That’s awesome. Now, Dr.. Chapman We know a lot of people who are living with pSoriasis and psoriatic disease deal with the mental component? can you talk about that and what that’s like and why you feel it’s important for People living with psoriasis to participate in these types of campaigns sure well It’s the heartbreak of pSoriasis most patients when they discover they have pSoriasis It’s really a letdown and you start thinking about your life and all the things you can do, but maybe things that you can’t do Because of your pSoriasis so the emotional and mental impact of pSoriasis while it is a skin disease The emotional impact is very impactful to to that person and a lot of patients will hide away They won’t come out. They won’t play they don’t wear shorts They don’t swim they don’t go to the beach and so that affects your life Especially if you get it early on which pSoriasis does typically come out in your teens or your 20s that really affects Younger people and it probably redirects you know their life going forward as adults Yes, yes, wow that is really difficult me. Having psoriasis myself. I know exactly what that means If there were some words of wisdom or words of advice that you could give newly diagnosed patients What three things would you say? What would you tell them? I would tell them this you have pSoriasis But it’s much better to have pSoriasis in 2017 than it was 25 years ago. We have many medications now You some some people can get by with topical medications or light therapy But we have biologic or injectable medications now that work very well We have oral medications that work very well otezla is one of them otezla or primulas is a great way to treat pSoriasis Certainly early on in the course of the disease and for patients who don’t want a needle or have to inject medication It’s a good place to start I think It’s a pill you take it twice a day it requires. No lab monitoring It’s a very safe medication so in addition to the biologics. We have now that we really didn’t have 20 years ago We have this oral medication and guess what in the future, we’re going to have even more Varieties of medications, and I think they’ll get safer and safer as we go along and I’d like to add to that You know for me personally? I think it’s important to Lend my voice to Teach people to be comfortable in their own skin and not worry about what other people are thinking so that was a great great question That you had asked Awesome and just in closing to you Just tell us one more time about the show more view campaign How can people sign up and where can they go well if you go to show more of your calm? And there are many many people suffering from story a disease who have uploaded their photos have shared very inspirational stories my pictures on there along with other other people who have suffered from psoriatic disease and it’s really just to teach people what story activies is to share their stories and To teach people to be comfortable in their own skin awesome well I think the two of you so much for chatting with me today about the campaign and I definitely would let all my friends know Who are living with psoriasis to upload a picture as well as those who don’t have the disease so they can learn more and see? The different faces living with it. So thank you so much for your time today awesome. Thank you, Alicia Alrighty thank you

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