She was officially diagnosed with her conditions back in the early 90s after an unexplained “rash” appeared on her skin. HealthCentral blogger Alisha Bridges talks to Torres about her battles with psoriasis, playing sports, and why she decided to partner for the Show More of You campaign. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.
I read that you didn’t encounter psoriasis until the early 90s in adulthood. What were you initial thoughts on learning about your condition?
Well I didn’t know what it was at first. I had red flaky patches on my elbows and my back. I kind of let it go for a month, but after a month it got really irritable. I went to my dermatologist and he diagnosed me with psoriasis. For me personally, my work is at the pool, so my business suit is a swim suit and obviously everything is exposed when you wear a swim suit. I had to sort of overcome the possibility of people thinking “ohhh, what’s that on her skin? Am I going to catch it if I touch her? If I dive in the pool am I going to catch whatever she has?” So that was sort of the first step to realizing you are who you are, you need to be comfortable in your own skin, and not worry about what other people are saying.
How did you keep the momentum to pursue your goals, while having psoriasis and wearing your spots proudly in addition to building your career as an Olympic swimmer?
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