Can you please tell us a bit about yourself? What are your passions, hobbies, job?
My name is Grace. I am 19 years old and currently a full-time college student studying elementary education. I love music and singing! Choir was a huge part of my time in high school, and now in college I sing in an a cappella group.
What type of psoriasis do you have, and how long have you experienced the disease?
I have both scalp and plaque psoriasis. I have experienced both since I was around 9 years old.
Do you have PsA or other related diseases (comorbidities)?
Yes, I have psoriatic arthritis.
How would you describe your unique experience of having psoriasis?
I would say that for a long time, having psoriasis was difficult for me, especially as a kid and teenager. I never knew that psoriasis was a thing that was related to dysfunction of the immune system, and so I always beat myself up over thinking that I was doing something wrong. It was also difficult as a kid because it was visible to others and was something that I was super self-conscious about. After I got diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, I realized that it was nothing to be ashamed about and that it was just a part of my life.
How does psoriasis impact your life day-to-day?
Psoriasis impacts my day-to-day life because honestly at times it can be really uncomfortable. It also impacts me daily as I do my hair because I have to take time to manage my scalp psoriasis and choose a hairstyle that won’t irritate it.