Lies I Told About my Psoriasis

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Growing up as a child with psoriasis I often lied about my condition, mainly because I did not understand it at such a young age. I lied to make others feel comfortable, I lied to hide the truth due to fear people would not understand, and I lied to make myself feel more comfortable. Here are 7 common things I told others to hide my psoriasis.

1. It's Eczema...

It was always easier to say that the flaky, red patches on my skin was eczema. Most people have heard about eczema, but a lot of people have not heard about psoriasis. 35 million people suffer with eczema in the U.S., while only 7.5 million deal with psoriasis. The platform for eczema is vastly larger, and more common. I often wonder how many people assume they have eczema, but really have psoriasis. But I also realize that I did myself and my disease a disadvantage by lying about it. I think about the thousands of people I could have educated sooner if I would have told the truth.

2. I’m allergic...

I remember coming up with all types of excuses for my bad skin. One of my favorites was saying I had a bad breakout due to a lotion or perfume I used. After I would make that statement, there was no further explanation needed.

3. I’m anemic...

The summer time has always been the hardest for me. While people are walking about with light, skin-exposing clothes, I was trying to find ways to cover up. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me why I had on a long sleeve shirt in the summer time, I would be rich. Usually,  I would usually say the reason I covered up was because I was anemic and always cold. But really, it was another attempt at avoiding the truth about my skin.

4. It’s chicken pox scars...

My psoriasis revved up to full force after I had chicken pox at 7 years old. Psoriasis the result of an overactive immune system that believes something is attacking your skin. Therefore, it thinks it must create as many skin cells as possible - It’s kind of like an overprotective parent, that doesn’t realize you really ARE OKAY, so they continue to be overbearing and protective (haha).

To make excuses for this overprotective immune system, I would lie to people and tell them my scars were from chicken pox. While it may have been the truth in the beginning… you can only fool kids your age with that lie for so long.

5. I don’t like swimming...

I remember being 14 years old, and my friends invited me to the water park. I wanted to go so bad, but I knew I wasn’t ready to wear a swimsuit. Well I went, but I didn’t exactly arrive looking the part. I had on a black long sleeve shirt, with a long maxi skirt, ready to slide down those water slides all day long. But it didn’t go without a bunch of stares. I’m sure people were trying to figure out why in the world I had all those clothes on at the water park. I probably would have been better off going in a swimsuit and showing off my psoriasis. So from that point on when people would ask me to go swimming or to the beach, I would lie and say that I didn’t like the water. The truth was, I would have loved to go swimming, but I hated having to show my skin.

6. I don’t like people touching my feet...

A lot of my friends have invited me to a girl’s day out that composed of manicures and pedicures. I would lie and say that I didn’t like people touching my feet to avoid having to show my psoriasis covered legs.

7. It's not my thing...

I stand at 6’2”, yes I am tall for a woman, and have been this tall since high school. People would often ask me why didn’t I model or play sports, and I would tell the same lie:  “It’s just not my thing.” The truth is, I desired to play sports, but I didn’t want to wear the uniforms required to participate because I knew that would include showing my skin. If I ever get medicine that puts my psoriasis in remission, I will try to model.

There are many other fibs I’ve probably told over the years. However, years later I realize it’s easier to just tell the truth about your condition People are a lot more accepting then you may think! What lies have you told in regards to your condition?