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
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
I wrote a poem that said, "This skin feels like a prison." It felt like I was behind bars and I was holding myself back.
Reena Ruparelia
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Jin Sung Lee
Psoriasis weighed a lot on my self-esteem—a lot. I was bullied as a child because of it.
Racquelle Johnson
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Chris Carpenter
When I had my first guttate psoriasis outbreak, my life changed drastically. It covered 95% of my body. I didn't want to go out in public or play sports even though I’m usually really active. And it still affects me. When it's flaring, it has a huge impact on me socially.
Ashley Wright
Psoriasis Patient
Photographer: Thomas Van Veen
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
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
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
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