Under my Skin by PsA Jagoda Beltrani Cordina
Jagoda Beltrani-Cordina, president of the ARAM Youth Section, aims to raise awareness about the rare condition psoriatic arthritis
I was diagnosed with psoriasis when I was 19. Red, dry patches appeared on different parts of my body, including my scalp. It was a difficult journey of countless unsuccessful attempts at different treatments. Unfortunately, it took 10 years for me to be diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. By this time, apart from the irritation and embarrassment of the red dry patches, my joints started to feel swollen, stiff, and painful. I was also suffering from undue fatigue.
Since I finally got diagnosed, I have been undergoing biological treatment which my doctors considered as the best option at the moment. Slowly, psoriatic patches started to fade. The treatment also manages to control the inflammation in my joints. Although it can still be painful on some days and medication comes in the form of injections on a weekly basis, I seem to have got my life back. I can look at myself in the mirror and smile. The pity is that, as teenagers are not informed about such a rare disease as Psoriatic Arthritis, many run the risk of not seeking correct diagnosis and treatment early enough to avoid bone erosion, embarrassment, and pain.