I met Janine in our group Overcoming Psoriasis. Janine has totally transformed her life. Psoriasis has made her a strong individual. She is the definition of a Psoriatic Psuperhero. Read how she gained control of her Psoriasis in her own words.
My name is Janine Price, I am 41 and happily married with a son aged 18 and a daughter of 10.
I am self employed and have been for 14 years and live in the UK.
I was diagnosed with psoriasis at the age of 22 during my 1st pregnancy.
When I first when to my doctor I was told it was chicken pox.
Two weeks later I returned and my usual doctor had returned and I was diagnosed with psoriasis.
Treatment during pregnancy was difficult and it got much worse.
I later tried all the lotions, potions, steroids and natural remedies including old wives tales that included boiling baby carrots and mashing them and leaving myself stained orange on my dry patches of skin.
My parents would always listen to any advice from others and we would always try any soaps or suggestions in hope that something may be suitable and help.
My problems are scalp psoriasis, and plaque psoriasis on my knees, hands, elbows and a few other places.
I have always worked since leaving school and most people I have worked with colleagues that have been understanding of my condition but others made comments and remarks which have been upsetting.
One day I put fuel in my car and went to pay and the cashier said ‘what’s wrong with you, is it contagious?’ and then pulled her hands away and I had to slide the money for payment while she reluctantly touched it.
I always enjoyed swimming, and was keen for my children to develop this life skill at a young age but eventually I gave up taking them swimming locally and enrolled them in swimming lessons as I couldn’t face people staring or asking if I was contagious and sat and watched while my husband took them swimming.
Swimming for me was something that only happened on holidays, and then I would get stares.
During my 3rd pregnancy (sadly I had a miscarriage on my 2nd pregnancy) my psoriasis cleared.
Unfortunately after a few months it reappeared and gradually got worse.
Again, I tried all the lotions and potions. When nothing else worked I was prescribed methotrexate ( a mild form of chemotherapy) but this didn’t work and I suffered side effects including hair loss, headaches and other problems. I stopped treatment.
Being quite run down, I decided I needed to escape to the sunshine – this had always helped in the past, even if it was short term.
We booked a last minute escape to Gran Canaria from the UK.
Our daughter became friends with another girl from the UK, we became friends and stayed in touch.
I have changed my diet and now exercise, my psoriasis is currently under control.
I ran my 1st ever 5k event and now I am training for a half marathon to raise funds for psoriasis research.
I stumbled upon a group on Facebook called overcoming psoriasis and became friends with the founder.
In the 19 years I have suffered with psoriasis I have learned more from this group than I have from anywhere else and would highly recommend anyone suffering themselves or with a friend or family member getting in touch
I would honestly say if you can, improve your diet and do whatever exercise you are able to.
Thanks to Todd Bello, your commitment and hard work is amazing.
You’re welcome Janine. But I can’t take all the credit. Overcoming Psoriasis is ran by an administrative team. I picked these individuals because they have a heart. We all struggle with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and we want to make a difference. They watch over our group to make sure it’s a safe and controlled environment. It’s a place to vent and find support. It’s informative and filled with compassionate people. We are unbiased when it comes to treatments. We all want the same thing, a cure, but for now will settle for safe and effective medications. Anecdotal remedies are shared and embraced when everything else has failed. This is an insidious disease that needs to be stopped. Support Research, Support the National Psoriasis Foundation.
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