Kim Kardashian is human too.
“Even though I always grew up with my mom having psoriasis and hearing her talk about her struggle, I really had no idea what my life would be like dealing with an autoimmune disease myself,” she begins, explaining that it’s been 13 years since she first experienced a psoriasis flare-up. “I am the only child my mom passed down her autoimmune issue to,” she adds. “Lucky me, lol.”
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, more than 8 million Americans suffer from the condition.
Kardashian treated her first every flare-up with a cortisone shot. After it went away for five years, it returns in her early 30s.
“For the past eight years, although the spots are unpredictable, I can always count on my main spot on my right lower leg…”
“…which consistently stays flared up,” she details, before adding that “when I got pregnant both times, it fully went away.”
Kim described her first experience with the arthritis side of the disease as first occurring when she was unable to pick up her phone or use a toothbrush.
At first, she assumed that she would simply overdone a workout, but as the day wore on, “I got a bit more movement in my hands, but they really hurt from the inside — I felt it in my bones.”
“I immediately started to cry and felt so lost,” Kardashian added, noting soon after she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
“If you have psoriasis, you can’t let it ruin your life or get the best of you. You have to do what you can to make sure you are comfortable but not let it take over … I hope my story can help anyone else with an autoimmune disease feel confident that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
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