Alisha has dealt with psoriasis since 7 years old after a bad case of chicken pox triggered her disease to spread on over 90% of her body. For years she hid in shame afraid of what people would think of such a visible disease. She has suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks due to psoriasis. Recently, she was also diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis.
Years ago Alisha wrote a letter entitled "My Suicide Letter." The letter was not about actually killing herself but killing parts of her like low self-esteem, fear, and shame so she could truly live to her fullest potential. This proclamation catapulted her into psoriasis and patient advocacy. Following this letter she created a blog entitled Being Me In My Own Skin where she gives intimate details of what it’s like to live with psoriasis.
Alisha is also a community ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation and has served her community in countless ways to help give a better understanding of what's it's like to live with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Her life motto is the following: “My purpose is to change the hearts of people by creating empathy and compassion for those the least understood through transparency of self, patient advocacy, and dermatology.”
Click here to read all of Alisha's articles on SkinCancer.net.