Patient Voice: Diane Talbert on pain, stigma and life with psoriasis

I am Diane Talbert. I have had psoriasis for more than 50 years and psoriatic arthritis for 20 years but was not diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis until 10 years ago.

As a blogger and a patient advocate for psoriasis, my goal is to educate others about this disease. I look forward to sharing, learning and growing with this community and invite you to join us on this journey.

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in my life having psoriasis is talking about it. I’ve had to tell doctors, teachers, employers, friends and sometimes strangers about my disease; for me telling is very important. I’ve been touched by so many people I’ve met on this journey.

I hope my story will touch the world. My ups and my down’s is what I tell and what I talk about. I would like to share my story so that people can get more insight of who I am.

I share my pains of life with psoriasis to inspire not for pity; my triumphs are your triumphs in the hopes of touching the life of those also affected by this autoimmune disease. I recently spoke at the Food and Drug Administration and Patient Rising about my life with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. I attend Town Hall Meetings, conferences and seminars to talk about this disease.

Since my younger years, the struggle has continued, but I’ve learned how to better manage my condition. This battle has taken on a life of its own and I have made it my mission to help other psoriasis and psoriatic disease patients know that they can come out fighting.

The ultimate goal is to stop the stigma associated with this disease and ultimately find a cure. Over the years I have been an active advocate for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, speaking up and out about this disease.

Watch: Diane’s Story of Life with Psoriasis

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