On October 29, 125 million people worldwide
will unite in a common cause: speaking up and demanding access to
treatment for their psoriasis. World Psoriasis Day aims to raise the
profile of a condition that needs to be taken more seriously by national
and international authorities.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease of
the immune system that appears as red scaly patches on the skin that
crack and bleed. For many, the health problems related to the disease go
far beyond the skin, causing psoriatic arthritis, heart disease,
diabetes, depression, cancer and more. Access to treatment is vital.
15-year-old son and I both suffer from psoriasis and psoriatic
arthritis. Without our current treatments that include chemotherapy and
biologic medications, we would be spending most of our days in
wheelchairs. For us, treatment has significantly improved our quality of
It's time we recognized psoriasis for what it is — a
painful, disfiguring, disabling disease for which there is no cure —
yet. Please join the National Psoriasis Foundation and me in raising
awareness for this global health challenge.
Sincerely, Jaime Moy National Psoriasis Foundation Community Ambassador Waterford, MI