Woman with psoriasis shows off her skin to promote acceptance
Giorgia Lanuzza from England was a happy 13-year-old girl who had lots of friends and loved her family. But when her father died suddenly and tragically in a car accident, her world fell apart. Giorgia and her father had always been very close and she couldn't believe that he was gone forever.
The loss was a heavy enough load for Giorgia to bear, but then things got even worse. When the skin on her arms began to break out in red spots, she didn't know what to do. The rash was terribly itchy and her skin started peeling off in small pieces.
The rash seemed relatively harmless at first, but soon it began to spread over her entire body. A visit to a dermatologist quickly determined that Giorgia suffered from an abnormally severe form of psoriasis. This painful skin condition is not contagious, but it's also not curable and tends to break out during stressful situations.
Giorgia's skin condition continued to worsen until 97% of her body was covered with the rash. Sadness over her father's death and self-consciousness about the way she looked became even worse when her skin condition became obvious and her classmates turned their backs on her.
She spent her entire teenage years facing rejection and being made fun of by her peers. Strangers passing her on the street stopped and stared in disgust. And the more Giorgia's psyche suffered from this, the worse her psoriasis became.
"My psoriasis looks like red, raised spots and people looked at me as if I was disgusting and they might catch something. I felt so self-conscious about the condition that it was ruining my life," remembers Giorgia.
But eventually Giorgia had enough of being treated like an outcast. She vowed to stop looking at her psoriasis as a curse and to start accepting it as a part of who she is.
With her newfound confidence Giorgia was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a photographer. Soon she was taking photos of herself and posting them on Facebook and other social media channels. She also started working as a model for a psoriasis treatment program and hopes to encourage other women to accept themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin no matter what it looks like.
"I am finally realizing that I don't have to see my psoriasis as a curse. I know my dad would be so proud of me for my attitude," Giorgia says about her new confident approach to life.
"We might have conditions that make us look different from other women, but we are still beautiful."
And she couldn't be more right!