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What Must It Be Like to Have Smooth Baby Skin? 
from Tennille

Hi. I just wanted to tell you that I just visited your website and I enjoyed reading the stupid things people say to others with psoriasis. 

I have been diagnosed since I was 6 months old.  Now I feel lucky about that because I feel if you can get through grade school with it you can get through anything.  Of course sometimes adults can be just as hurtful as children. 

One lady (a customer where I work) was like "Oh my, I feel sooooo sorry for you, you poor thing!"  She acted like I was just this pathetic little creature.  I just responded with "Oh don't feel sorry for me because I don't mind one bit." (I lied.) People just tend to always look at the outside of the package and they get freaked out easily. 

To be truthful I wonder what it would be like to have nice smooth baby skin, or not totally cringe when someone wants to touch my hair or pat my head.  Or if my head itches, I wouldn't even think of scratching it for fear of a blizzard. 

But I just wanted to thank you for having a web site because it is helpful to read about others and how they cope with it. –Tennille

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Ed’s Response:  You’re welcome, Tennile.  I hope you will continue to feel at home here and visit every month.  Also, as someone who has literally grown up as a flaker, I hope you are active on the National Psoriasis Foundation web site.  You could contribute substantially to the sections for younger people and children.  You know well the difficulties of growing up this way.

You wrote, “I wonder what it would be like to have nice smooth baby skin…”  As one who lived four decades flake-free, I think I can say my P has been like replacing one set of anxieties with another.  Happiness is a state of mind.  People with problem-free baby-smooth skin have other kinds of problems.  (And, probably, less interesting ones!) -Ed

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