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How Psoriasis Changed My Life For The Better

written by Nitika Chopra December 25, 2018
Psoriasis
Nitika Chopra

By Nitika Chopra

Nitika Chopra is a certified life coach, wellness entrepreneur, go-to resource for young women around the globe, and a motivational lifestyle guru.

How Psoriasis Changed My Life For The Better If you’re reading this post and have ever felt suffering in your life, I want you to brace yourself for a second. Because what I’m about to share may be hard to swallow and maybe even hard to relate to. But let’s walk through this together, shall we? When I was diagnosed with psoriasis 25 years ago, I was only 10 years old and was certain that my life had just been ruined. Although psoriasis is a common skin condition, the version I got completely covered my body — from the tip of my toes to the top of my head. It made it impossible for me to participate in sports — I had to quit most after-school activities. Sleeping over at a friend’s house was a nightmare rather than a nice thing to do on a Friday night. And going to the pool where I once loved swimming lessons was now a place that I dreaded for fear of people staring. So even though most people think of psoriasis as just a skin condition, it ended up being the sole focus of my life, defining every move I made. For many years, I felt sorry for myself, was deeply frustrated and believed that this was punishment for something I’d done as a child. That last part about being punished — I think it’s something that a lot of people feel when something negative or traumatic happens in life. We immediately think: Why? Why did this have to happen? Hop on over to She Knows to see how I worked through this major challenge plus how you can work through any challenges that come up in your life! You so got this. This post is in partnership with SheKnows.com

If you’re reading this post and have ever felt suffering in your life, I want you to brace yourself for a second. Because what I’m about to share may be hard to swallow and maybe even hard to relate to.

But let’s walk through this together, shall we?

When I was diagnosed with psoriasis 25 years ago, I was only 10 years old and was certain that my life had just been ruined. Although psoriasis is a common skin condition, the version I got completely covered my body — from the tip of my toes to the top of my head. It made it impossible for me to participate in sports — I had to quit most after-school activities. Sleeping over at a friend’s house was a nightmare rather than a nice thing to do on a Friday night. And going to the pool where I once loved swimming lessons was now a place that I dreaded for fear of people staring.

So even though most people think of psoriasis as just a skin condition, it ended up being the sole focus of my life, defining every move I made. For many years, I felt sorry for myself, was deeply frustrated and believed that this was punishment for something I’d done as a child. That last part about being punished — I think it’s something that a lot of people feel when something negative or traumatic happens in life.

We immediately think: Why? Why did this have to happen?  Hop on over to She Knows to see how I worked through this major challenge plus how you can work through any challenges that come up in your life! You so got this.

This post is in partnership with SheKnows.com 

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