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Everyone seemed to have advice to offer. People would tell me that I could cure my psoriatic arthritis by losing weight, cutting gluten out of my diet, or making a lifestyle change. You would never say that to someone with cancer. But I still appreciated their ideas because it helped open up a dialogue.

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I tend to be a very go-go-go kind of person, but once I was diagnosed, I realized I needed to take it a little easier. Even if I feel up for it, I try to limit my activities—I know a busy schedule can catch up with me, and then I might not be able to get out of bed for a day. Surprisingly, it’s been harder for my longtime friends to accept this, because they remember the old active me.

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In 2011, golfer Phil Mickelson shared that he’d been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. Soon after, celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Cyndi Lauper started speaking out about their experiences with psoriasis, a skin condition that I also have (up to 30% of psoriasis patients eventually develop psoriatic arthritis). The increased media attention helped my friends and family understand that I have a real disease that affects my daily life.

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Whenever I’d tell someone I have psoriatic arthritis, they often hadn’t heard of it. So I decided to volunteer as a community ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. I work with

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I make a point to modify my activities, such as taking the elevator instead of the stairs. But even though I have to accept that I can’t do some of the things I used to love, such