Psoriasis: I'm Done Wasting Time


Alisha Bridges

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Alisha Bridges, 29, aptly calls herself the Psoriasis Slayer. She is a devoted advocate for psoriasis awareness.

I was diagnosed with psoriasis, an autoimmune disease that causes scaly plaques to develop on the skin, at age 7. For years after that, I was afraid to show my body or let anyone know what I was going through. I spent my childhood and teen years 90% covered in psoriasis plaques, trying treatment after treatment with no success. I lived with anxiety and periodic bouts of depression, ruled by my decision to hide my disease at all costs.

In 2011, when I was 24 years old, I found myself thinking hard about my life and the huge role psoriasis had played in it, and I had a powerful idea. I sat down to write what I called a suicide letter—not about killing myself physically but about killing those things in me that wouldn’t allow me to live. I wanted to kill the fear, low self-esteem and lack of confidence so I could live up to my full potential.  

Psoriasis can change your life, but these patients are proof that finding the right treatment can put you back in control.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 18, 2017

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