My name is Morgan Brunson, and I am a psoriasis warrior.
This is my story...
I was an 18-year old college freshman when I suddenly found myself diagnosed with psoriasis in February 2016. The manifestation was stunningly acute and systemic. Five hours away from home out of state, I had no clue what was happening when red rashes and pins and needles spread all over me like wildfire, and flu-like fatigue occurred out of nowhere. Psoriasis is totally misunderstood by those not suffering with it.
Psoriasis, in its various forms, is a chronic autoimmune disorder. Misrepresented as a simple skin rash, psoriasis is a condition where the immune system overproduces skin cells much faster than the normal rate and builds up against the skin, causing significant pain and inflammation. Clinical studies have shown that the psoriasis skin cell life cycle occurs within 3-7 days compared to 28-40 days of a standard skin cell life cycle. People with psoriasis are at an increased risk of developing conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and depression. Psoriasis affects more than 8 million Americans, and there is currently no cure.
August 2016, I came across the National Psoriasis Foundation during my quest to better understand my new diagnosis. To say the National Psoriasis Foundation was a lifesaver is an understatement. Because of the resources the National Psoriasis Foundation provided about life with psoriasis, I can happily say that as of July 22nd 2020, my psoriasis has been under control since December 2018 (about 19 months)!
The National Psoriasis Foundation gave me so much so that I can learn to not just exist, but live my best life with psoriasis. Now, I am excited to be able to give back as they have freely given education and resources to me. As August is Psoriasis Awareness Month as well as my birth month, I would like to use the opportunity of my upcoming 23rd birthday to give to an organization that has meant so much to me. 100% of ALL the proceeds go directly to the National Psoriasis Foundation so that they can continue their work to find a cure so that I, along with millions of Americans with psoriasis, may be free of it once and for all.