This morning I gulped down the first Otezla pill of the third week of treatment. Given the intense side effects from pill one, I consider two weeks and 27 pills a milestone. However, I've begun to contemplate an interesting question: what if my skin is clear, but I'm still experiencing all these side effects? Would I still take it?
A little over a week ago I received the news that I would receive a somewhat new psoriasis medication, apremilast (Otezla), direct from the manufacturer. At first I felt a sense of relief that the battles with insurance over covering it came to an end. Then I faced the prospect of taking the medication. A feeling of dread overcame me.
HealtheVoices is an incredible conference for online health advocates. I've been blessed to participate in the conference for all three years, serving on the advisory panel last year. This year I went wondering what I might learn this time around. What I gained surprised me.
As I look back on Easter week, starting with Palm Sunday, I’m amazed at how much happened. Easter week overall turned out great. Unfortunately, though, my skin did not do so well.
While Easter is a busy week for me, I've also looked forward to this week. It's a special time when faith met me in the darkness of a stormy time--including uncontrolled psoriasis.