The Big Picture

It's said that photos don't lie, but for people living with a health condition, one image may not tell the whole story.

I feel more confident now, as I'm 34 years old living with psoriasis. I used to be self-conscious, and I didn't want to go out and be with friends or go to different events. But now I say, "It's okay. Just have fun and live life."
Amy Woo
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Thomas Van Veen
At the National Psoriasis Foundation, I found all these other people that had psoriasis. All of these people were speaking my language, and they were talking about the same things that happened to me. I was like, "This is awesome. I love being with these people." So, I joined as a community ambassador.
Tami Seretti
Psoriasis Patient
If I could live my life over again and I had the choice to live with or without psoriasis, I would live it with psoriasis every single time. I feel bad saying that, because I don't want to undermine the pain that I've been through, the pain that millions of people go through.
Melissa Leeolou
Psoriasis Patient
The National Psoriasis Foundation has helped me a huge amount with my Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. You can go to their website and get detailed information, and they have a Patient Advocacy Center that can help guide you to solutions.
Stephen Keat
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Thomas Van Veen
What I tried to train myself to do is to not let the psoriasis really bother me too much. I did the normal things of covering up and treating the spots that were visible. But for the most part, I just didn't let it bother me.
Huy Ngo
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Austin Cope
My psoriasis was just something I was really embarrassed of. It was everywhere; on my legs, on my torso, on my back, and then even my arms. I wanted to hide it all the time. I would pick my clothes based on it, and it would affect pretty much all my choices.
Amanda Rosa
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Lisa Muller
Try not to stress out. Because I think stress is definitely a cause of a lot of things, not just psoriasis. Do whatever it takes to de-stress, like yoga, boxing, read a book, and rest. Take a day out and just do whatever you wanna do. Just relax, live life.
Ivy Smith
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Thomas Van Veen
There were several times where I didn't want to go to school. We even considered homeschooling at one point, because I was having such a hard time. But then, at the same time, I had a really good circle of friends that were a good support group and support system while I was dealing with people that weren't so nice.
Kaitlin Martin
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Thomas Van Veen
I hated it because it made me feel like an outsider, it made me feel just gross. It destroyed my self-confidence and it made me super insecure. It was a vicious circle. Weeping eczema appeared all over my hands, and those were the tiny pustules that erupted and dried up my skin and set off psoriasis.
Morgan Cefalu
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Jonathan Washer
I just needed a way to find something that was my own in my own time that represented me and that's when I started creating things. I needed to have something that was genuinely me, that made me recharge and made me...just made me happier.
Alyssa Galloway
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Thomas Van Veen