Motivation Monday Letter:
I’ve come a long way with my psoriasis, I use to living in silence and fear. I use to be deathly afraid of what people thought of me, although this is still a bit of an issue I’m better! I’ve changed SO much since 2011. I openly talk about psoriasis, I’m an advocate for other patients, and I am PROUD to be living in my purpose. Never in a million years would I have thought I would be doing this, EVER.
But with all that said I would like to be transparent and to share with you all I still am INSECURE. Often times I encounter others with psoriasis who ask me where I find the strength to be so open about my disease and to share my story. I need you all to know I still constantly battle with my disease and the standards of beauty. I still hide my arms when I’m in public and have a flare… I’m still paranoid that someone is judging me when they see my skin… I still fear people will think I’m contagious… I still get depressed when I want to wear certain things but use not to, not because I’m ashamed of my psoriasis, but because I don’t feel like dealing with the stares and questions.
I say that to say this… Never compare your progress with your disease state with those around you! Only compare YOURSELF to YOURSELF! I use to sit and compare myself with others in the psoriasis community and feel bad because I don’t feel as comfortable wearing shorts or tank tops like others, but I had to check myself. Don’t compare your progress to others, compare your progress to your old self. Celebrate the small victories, and be proud that you aren’t who you use to be. YOU HAVE COME A LONG WAY. Do you and don’t try to do others! Remember your story was written to be special and unique, so your battle and struggle will be different from the next person! KEEP PUSHING.