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10 Years On - The Flaky Student Returns.

In 2008 I started University, after 2 years of pissing my life away (literally). I got on to the Photography degree, even though I wanted to study Film but in my head I assumed I wouldn't be able to get on to that course - I had minimal to no self-confidence after cocking up college and then resorting to working jobs I hated whilst drinking my life away. As it turns out, after messing up my first year on photography I managed to get on the Film course, so it all worked out lovely...well, to a certain extent.

Once day, during my first year of Uni, I woke up to find a strange rash on my arm. As I was living in halls I jumped to the conclusion that it may be Meningitis, even though I've had all my vaccinations. After panicking on the phone to my Mother, I booked a doctors appointment. When I woke the next day, the rash had spread all over my I was really concerned. A few weeks before I had been laid up in bed with tonsillitis, a kidney infection and conjunctivitis.

The first doctor I saw sat, flicking through Google to then respond with, "Yeah, I don't know what it is". This resulted in me feeling more panicked and as though I had some new illness which was unknown to any doctor. I decided to sign up as a temporary patient back at my family practice. The doctor looked at my skin and immediately knew what was going on. "Yep, you have Psoriasis".

I was relieved that I had been given a diagnosis, but I had no idea what it was. So this was 10 years ago, my first year of uni, young and full of life and trying to get on with things. I was informed that it was a "skin condition" and that certain gels and creams could sort it out. It's funny looking back now and even though I am still learning more and more about it, I have a much better knowledge of this disease.


As mentioned, I was told it was a skin disease, and although the problem is visible and effects the skin, it is so much more than that. Psoriasis is actually a common, chronic, genetic, systemic inflammatory disease, but if you look online you will see it being described as a skin disease. Yes, to a certain extent it is, but Psoriasis is more than skin deep.

It is characterised by symptoms and signs such as elevated itchy plaques of raised red skin covered with thick silvery scales, which, as time has gone by has become a lot more obvious on myself - and is also why my blog name is RED SILVER MOUNTAINS.