Getting into a groove
When you reach this part of your journey, be sure to keep it in perspective—it’s not so much a destination as a new way to help you keep moving forward. If your psoriasis has improved greatly, or even gone into remission, you will be feeling great. Or you may be feeling more positive because you have come to terms with psoriasis, which can also be a great accomplishment.
Of course, the concern that your skin symptoms will return may never leave you, but that’s just part of dealing with a chronic condition. More importantly, you will be experiencing a welcome new range of emotions at this point, including:
- A sense of normalcy
- Grateful for the support you received
- Hopeful and positive
You probably have learned to take nothing for granted at this point. However, you may also have learned to ask questions, gather information, and make decisions that help you move your care forward. And if you have accepted that psoriasis is just another part of your life, you are surely doing what you can to manage its symptoms and slow its potential progress—which includes accepting and appreciating the support of your family and friends, and asking for help when you need it.
Care is no longer something that is done to you—it’s something you seek out, negotiate, and manage. Your expectations of treatment are probably pretty high now, and so are your goals for life.
What you can do
- Keep using your online treatment plan to help you better manage your care program and to keep a record of your symptoms.
- Stay on your medication unless advised to stop by your doctor.
- Don’t get complacent with your improved state of health—keep up the good work, and work hard to manage your psoriasis symptoms.
Here are a few more practical tips to help you take a more active role in your psoriasis management:
- Try to focus on your abilities, not your disabilities.
- Develop some new hobbies and friendships.
- Keep and use your sense of humour.
- Accept help—and help others.
- List important daily activities and try to do one or two each day.
- Try to stop rushing around—make time for yourself, and relax.
- Do things that make you laugh or smile.
- Consider joining a support group—either in person or online, such as www.skinergy.ca