Psoriasis. What is it good for?

| Simon Jury

Psoriasis. What is it good for? Go on, sing “absolutely nothing,” you know you want to. So often I find inspiration from music in dealing with and talking about psoriasis. I’m not always sure where it comes from. I can be sitting enjoying a cup of coffee and just say the word “psoriasis.” Then something, often obscure, pops into my head, which then leads to a story like this.

What is psoriasis good for? I guess most people would say nothing. It’s hard to find a positive thing to say about it.

Luckily for you, I am here to tell you what it’s good for. First, it gives thousands of people a job. OK, I’m sure we’d rather not have this disease, but think of the nursing staff, doctors, scientists, pharma employees and vacuum cleaner makers who would be out of work. 

Second, for many of us, psoriasis has shown what we’re made of. Whether you have found this disease takes you to the brink of suicide, whether you’ve made it back to being yourself, to leading as normal a life as you can, or whether you’ve found life is even better than before, then ask yourself this: Would you be there without the challenge of living with psoriasis? 

If not for psoriasis, I would not be writing this and you wouldn’t be reading it (OK, you may wish you weren’t). If you find this slightly amusing or even informative, then that is thanks to psoriasis.

I know it’s annoying, having to thank psoriasis for anything. Well, I do thank psoriasis. I have friends because of psoriasis. I have been to Parliament. I have spoken in front of health care professionals. I have written part of a book and done photo shoots, all in the name of psoriasis. 

So what is psoriasis good for? It’s good for making me the person I am today. But if psoriasis asks me, then the answer is “absolutely nothing.” Don’t want it getting all smug. 

Stay strong, keep the treatment up and keep walking toward that light at the end of the tunnel, everyone.

Adapted from the author's blog with his permission.

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