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Dad Doesn’t Understand
from Lance

Hi , my name is Lance and I’m 16 years old. I have been coming to your site for a little over eight months now. I have plaque psoriasis and have had it since around the age of five. 

When I was younger, I had it terribly on my knees and the back of my legs. I’ve had it on my elbows and ears.  Never, though, on my stomach or back.  

I never really sought treatment until I was in high school.  I am currently a junior.  My doctor has put me on a combination of Ultravate and Dovonex,  which is working well. Dovonex doesn’t seem to work alone.  I also tan,  which helps.

I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you what a wonderful website you have created. Many people just look at people with P and say, “What’s so bad?  It can’t be that terrible.”  My dad saw a commercial and was like, What are they whining about?  What’s the pain and suffering of living with psoriasis?  I told him he didn’t know what he was talking about.

Well, anyway, nice chatting.  –Lance

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Ed’s Response:  Glad to hear the combo therapy — Ultravate and Dovonex — is working for you, Lance, and that sun exposure helps, too.  It took a couple of years for everyone to accept that Dovonex works best in combination with something else.  Since then, the Ultravate/Dovonex combo has become very popular.

If your Dad challenges you again about the “pain and suffering” associated with P, try this rejoinder:  “Dad, problem is you’ve raised a tough and humble son.  Because I don’t complain and get depressed you think psoriasis is easy to live with.  People that don’t have the constitution I inherited from you can have an awful time dealing with this.  I’m just lucky.”  [Smile broadly here, then close with—]  “Thanks a lot, Dad!”  -Ed

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