Newly Diagnosed with Psoriasis – Now What?

Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion. These words from bell hooks hold true for me as I reflect on my journey with psoriatic disease. When I first received my diagnosis of palmar plantar psoriasis, it was a confirmation of what I had already feared. Seeing my mom struggle with the same condition for years, I knew that I was in for a challenging road ahead. But I was determined to follow in her footsteps and find ways to manage the pain and discomfort.

At that time, the treatments available for psoriatic disease were limited. Systemic treatments, which are now commonly prescribed, were just starting to emerge in the market. This meant that I had to rely on traditional methods such as topicals, phototherapy, and pain management techniques. It was a messy and arduous process, and it took a toll on both my physical and emotional well-being.

Fortunately, things have changed over the years. The widespread use of systemic drugs has revolutionized the treatment landscape for psoriasis patients. There is also a greater awareness and understanding of the condition, leading to improved standards of care. Additionally, complementary approaches to disease prevention and management have empowered individuals like me to take control of their health.

When I first received my diagnosis, one of the first things I did was seek out information and support. The National Psoriasis Foundation became an invaluable resource for me, offering a wealth of knowledge and connecting me with others who shared my experiences. The sense of community and understanding I found there was truly comforting and healing.

Another key aspect of my journey has been finding a medical dermatologist who specializes in psoriasis. Building a care team that understands the condition and knows how to effectively treat it has been crucial. It may take time to find the right healthcare professionals, but the collaboration and communication with my team have given me confidence and peace of mind.

I have also come to realize that psoriatic disease goes beyond just the physical symptoms. It has a profound impact on our overall well-being, both physically and emotionally. Taking a holistic approach to my health has been instrumental in managing the disease. Proper nutrition, regular exercise, stress management, and mental health awareness have all played a part in my journey. I have learned to be gentle and compassionate with myself during the most challenging moments.

In conclusion, healing is not a solitary act. It is a process that requires support, understanding, and collaboration. By seeking out resources, building a care team, and taking a holistic approach to our health, we can navigate the challenges of psoriatic disease with resilience and grace.