Sure, having psoriasis sucks. In my about me section I talk about taking the “walk of shame” at a local swimming pool – which I’m sure every fellow psoriasis warrior can relate to. However in my life I’m been fortunate enough to have spent some time with cancer patients, and that time has helped me to establish a healthy perspective on what is, and is not, important in life. When your doctor tells you that you only have a few months to live, you quickly discard trivial matters such as bills and squabbles, and spend as much time as you can with those you care about and love – as ultimately THAT is what happiness is all about. So I wasn’t too worried about what people thought of me as I walked along with my psoriasis on display.
I was fortunate that when my psoriasis came I was already an adult. I had ‘made it’ through my childhood and teenage years, and my hormones were now pretty steady and I had a couple of decades of experience to help guide me and ground me. And to be honest – I was thankful that it didn’t hit when I was a kid. It is something that I routinely look at in my own kids, to make sure it isn’t developing in them. My fingers are crossed that my wife’s genes will prevail in that area.
Can you imagine how much more difficult it would be to cope with psoriasis as a kid? I remember when I was about 8 or 9 years old, joining in with the other kids to tease a girl because we thought she was “smelly”. I cringe when I think on it now (however fortunately I saw her when she was about 20 and she had grown into a beautiful woman), but it reminds me of how vicious kids can be when someone doesn’t conform to the group. I can imagine that any kid with psoriasis must get a really hard time. Not only that, but they would also have to deal with any medications to treat the psoriasis, including the side effects. No, any kid who can cope with psoriasis is truly amazing. They are the ultimate psoriasis warrior.
Today I received out of the blue an email asking me if I could advertise on my blog the screening of the film above. I’m not sure what surprised me more, being asked to help advertise the film, or coming to the realization that someone actually reads my blog!
In any case, I for sure support anything that can help get the message out about psoriasis. Thank you Janice Bender for sending me information on the filming, and I hope you get a ton of people there! To anyone who is in the area – I am jealous that you can go!