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Alisha Bridges

Patient Advocate

Alisha Bridges has dealt with psoriasis since 7 years old after a bad case of chicken pox triggered her disease to spread on over 90% of her body. For years she hid in shame afraid of what people would think of such a visible disease. She has suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks due to psoriasis.

Years ago Alisha wrote a letter entitled “My Suicide Letter.” The letter was not about actually killing herself but killing parts of her like low self-esteem, fear, and shame so she could truly live to her fullest potential. This proclamation catapulted her into psoriasis and patient advocacy. Following this letter she created a blog entitled Being Me In My Own Skin where she gives intimate details of what it’s like to live with psoriasis.

Alisha is a community ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation and has served her community in countless ways to help give a better understanding of what’s it’s like to live with psoriasis. Her life motto is the following: “My purpose is to change the hearts of people by creating empathy and compassion for those the least understood through transparency of self, patient advocacy, and dermatology.”

Alisha is also a Social Ambassador for the HealthCentral Skin Health Facebook page.

Latest by Alisha Bridges

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9 Organizations Psoriasis Patients Need to Know

Anyone living with psoriasis should know about these 9 websites and organizations to help manage their condition.

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Symptoms

Differences and Similarities Between Eczema and Psoriasis

Can you tell these two conditions apart? Psoriasis and eczema may look similar, but they're very different conditions. Here's how to spot the difference.

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Dating

Psoriasis, Intimacy, and Finding Love

You can find love with psoriasis flares – two people interviewed with the disease agree " that finding love with psoriasis may take time, but eventually it can be found."

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Myths

9 Stupid Things People Say About Psoriasis

Whether they're said out of love or just being rude, many comments about psoriasis are stupid and inaccurate. Read some of the worst I've heard over the years.

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Alternative Treatment

5 Health Advantages of Owning a Pet When Living With Psoriasis

You'd think pets would be a problem with psoriasis, but furry friends actually offer many health advantages for those who live with psoriasis.

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Patient Narrative

Why Minorities Don't Participate in Psoriasis Studies

Persons of color have unique psoriasis needs. If they are not accessed in clinical trials, then we will continue to be at the short end of finding a successful treatment for our diseases. Learn more.

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Profile

Psoriasis in the Media: Is It Accurate?

Is psoriasis accurately portrayed in the media? Alisha Bridges reviews popular shows and people featuring psoriasis including 'Ozark,' 'Family Guy,' and Kim Kardashian.

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Living With

Celebrities Talking Psoriasis: Do They Raise Awareness or Reinforce Stigma?

Patient Advocate Alisha Bridges appreciates hearing about psoriatic disease on a bigger stage — but is it enough to help viewers truly relate?

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Lifestyle

Psoriatic Disease: Tools for Easier Living

Get a better grip and improve mobility with psoriatic disease by trying these adaptive tools perfect for people who struggle with joint pain.

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Treatment

The Perils of Inconsistent Psoriasis Treatment

Many people find it hard to maintain a psoriasis treatment plan. Here are some common roadblocks.