Hi I’m Jo, I am your average woman in her mid 30’s trying to balance career, marriage, travel, health and everything else that comes with life. With the added spanner in the works of being a sufferer of Psoriasis since 6 months of age, being ranked with the unfortunate 2% of people with a severe chronic case of Psoriasis. I was also diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis at the age of 28.
I want the same things out of my life as everyone else my age, to be successful, healthy, reach my goals, but often struggle with things that so many people take for granted; a functioning body.
I have been dedicated to raising awareness of these autoimmune conditions in order to help educate others of the conditions and also to help those who suffer from or support people who are sufferers. I have appeared in many Newspapers in Brisbane, Canberra, and Melbourne and has also taken part in radio interviews along with being part of a Global steering committee to help raise the profile of Psoriasis and to get better healthcare Globally for sufferers. I also manage a Facebook Community called Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis in Australia https://www.facebook.com/psoriasisaustralia/
With any autoimmune condition it is often an invisible disease and my aim is to bring it into light so it becomes more of a ‘norm’ and also to hopefully help people through my struggles and stories to find comfort, motivation, maybe even a story they can have a bit of a laugh at, I try not to take myself too seriously and try to see the positives in life (as hard as it may be at times).
I welcome you to share in my journey in navigating life while living with two chronic autoimmune conditions.