Informing a potential mate about a health condition can be stressful.
He now admits that when we worked together, he knew something was different about my skin, but he didn’t know what. He says he never felt the need to ask because it didn’t bother him, but he also had never seen me during a bad breakout. That is, until the first time I went to visit him in South Dakota.I had waited what felt like ages for winter break to come so that I could make the trip to see Marcus for the first time as boyfriend and girlfriend. It was going to be perfect, I told myself. I was ready to finally be in his arms, and the last thing I wanted to do was tell him how bad my psoriasis was. But I knew I would have to.Every year since I was 2, when I was diagnosed with psoriasis, I’ve had terrible breakouts throughout winter. The colder and drier the air, the more raised, red plaques appear on my skin. Some winters, I’m almost 90 percent covered in them. I knew the South Dakota weather I was driving straight into, where it can hit below 30 degrees, would wreak havoc on the breakout I was already having. I tried not to think about it, and instead focused on how excited I was to see my boyfriend after months of just texts and calls.
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