Psoriasis As A Young Girl

Psoriasis As A Young Girl


At that time, having a chronic illness,
a visible illness like psoriasis, was very unique. You’re seven. At that
time I did not realize the standards of beauty and what that would mean for me. I
would still wear shorts and short sleeves and I really wouldn’t feel that different.
It wasn’t until I became ten years old, I was in the fifth grade, I was in a swim
class and people kept asking me what was on my skin. And then the pressures of
having a boyfriend. I know you’re super young then but you have little
crushes, and little class boyfriends, that became the…like your life. And so I started to notice what it meant
to be pretty, what it meant to society to be pretty, what it meant to my
classmates when they talked about image, weight, having perfect skin, not
having acne. So it was difficult. Even with treatment, it was very unique
having psoriasis at that age because there weren’t many treatment options as a child
and so I didn’t have a voice in what treatment I wanted to use. I kind of had
to depend on my guardian and my grandparents to make those decisions for
me. And so sometimes I did things that I didn’t really feel like doing because
that’s what they thought was best for me and there were other times that I did not
get a chance to do things because they didn’t think that was the best
decision. So it’s very unique.

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