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.
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
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