I learned to live courageously partly from facing the challenges that come with psoriasis. It takes courage to endure what you don’t comprehend, to face the unrelenting bullying and teasing from classmates, and to survive the anxiety and fear of uncertainty. All these came with psoriasis at various times in my life.
I couldn’t believe what I read in a letter dated November 21 from Western Health Advantage (WHA), my health insurance provided. They approved my continuation of care request for one more visit in December.I’d already said goodbye to Dr. M and his team at the November appointment. With excitement, I called the Dermatology department to book my last dermatology visit at UC Davis Health. That last appointment, while hard to book, helped me assess my progress and figure out next steps for psoriasis and eczema treatments.
The other day I asked my wife, “Are you satisfied with your overall sense of wellness?” I waited for her response to vote in a Twitter poll from Everyday Health. She paused for a moment to think about it. I realized soon enough that she could not easily gauge her sense of wellness in that quick moment. A recent survey by Everday Health on Women's Wellness elucidates how women perceive wellness and how to live fuller and happier lives.
I started my Tremfya (guselkumab) journey on Monday, August 21, 2017. On December 11, after three injections (week 0, 4, 12), I reached that interim endpoint of 16 weeks. Here I evaluate my experience so far with Tremfya, including efficacy, side effects, and how I'm feeling overall. The "verdicts" in this post reflect a moment in time, and certainly are not final.
Every winter, I sense the need to adjust how I care for my skin. Freezing cold night temperatures give way to cold, shortened days. My wife likes to turn up the heater, as do my workplace and the stores I frequent. I enjoy a hot shower too. But I know that my psoriasis and eczema don't necessarily take well to dry, heated air and long, hot showers. My years of experience have helped me develop ways to manage any inevitable winter flare-ups. Here are my five recommendations with a few of my doctors' thoughts peppered in.