Ghost Rider

Great googly-moogly, what happened to you?  Oh come on, it's just psoriasis.  I've had it for a while.  Mommy is Ghost Rider?
So h ow come you haven't drawn yourself like this so far?  Are you kidding?  I get enough grief over my weird eyes and my wonky knees.  I can just imagine what folks would say about this.  Mom!  Mom!  Here's a list of them who done me wrong so you can exact revenge on 'em!
Dogs offer commentary on their mom's condition.
Lemme guess.  Does it involve me wearing a paper bag?  Maybe...?  Where's your motorcycle?  Outside?

You would think that masks would have been my friends this past year, hiding my appearance from inquiring eyes. On the contrary. If you’ve ever wondered what that stuff feels like, it is like one of those horribly painful sunburns where even the softest silk feels like sandpaper against your skin – where simply moving is agony – where you absolutely positively do not want some smart aleck little brother to come along and slap you for the sheer enjoyment of your misery. Trying to wear a raspy mask over psoriasis is actually quite painful.

No, that is too good.  Pull some fibers on this part so Americans' noses itch.  Then they'll  have to scratch and will give themselves the flu.  Mwahaha!

Despite how much this looks exactly like one of my drawings, it is actually borrowed from the internet.

Americans are very polite about something like this. Nobody pointed at me and shouted, “Eww, that’s grody to the max!” In fact, they said nothing. If I brought up my appearance, though, they would jump in with tons of questions and healthy curiosity. Speaking as the resident weirdo, insults aren’t nice, but saying “Hey, what happened?” is perfectly fine. It’s OK to ask questions. The elephant in the room knows it’s there.

Getting to wear my unique gift from God on my face has made things harder when it comes to business. It is difficult to approach people with confidence and try to introduce them to my work. It is also more difficult to get a service sector job where you are the face of a business. While no one will admit that “fugly” is the reason for not hiring you, you will simply find that someone else always gets the job.

Have I tried medical care for dealing with this condition? Yes. The doctor charged me $300 for a 5 min consultation. Her advice? Hydrocortisone. Mmm hmm…Yup, I am definitely in the wrong line of work.

At least Real Life Toby doesn’t care about how I look.

Mom, mostly I look at you from this angle, and all I see is up your broken nose.

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43 Comments

  1. I’m sad to hear that you are feeling down and that your skin issue is painful and so annoying. I see a bazillion TV ads about treatments for psoriasis and maybe there is one that will work for you. By the way, why is there a “p” in that word? Seems a waste of a good consonant. We eish we could wave our magic wand and make it all better and make Toby less aggressive too but…alas. Sending good thoughts your way. Hey, take it from me…mirrors are overrated. ๐Ÿ˜

  2. SWEETHEART… DONT LET THE IGNORANT GET TO YOU

    MY MUM USED TO SAY YOU CAN EDUCATE IGNORANCE… BUT YOU CANT CHQNGE WTUPID !!!!!!!!!!!

    I KP HQIN ON THE TV ABOUT THIS DUPIXENT FOR WHAT YOU HAVE, I KNOW ABOUT COSTS.. BUT DRUG COMPANIES ARE SUBSIDIZINGSCRIPTSTO GET FOLK TO TRY OUT.

    IT HAS TO BE WORTH A CHAT TO THE DR.

    AND THEN THERE IS SLSO OLD REMEDYS THINGS,,, BAG BALM
    IS JUST ONE

    HUGSSSSSSSSSSSS

  3. Aw. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m so sorry you have to deal with this…and especially sorry when people are unkind AND when it has kept you from getting jobs. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    For years and years, my Mom had a LOT of skin pre-cancers and cancers on her face (that had to always be surgically removed, of course). I remember how tired she got of people saying, “What’s wrong with your face?” What happened to your face?” I told her she should wear a sign around her neck that answered the question and just point to it OR make up a wild story about getting in a bar fight or something. That made her laugh.
    Hang in there, SweetL! โค
    Yes, it is wonderful our furry-kids don't care how we look as long as the food keeps coming. Ha! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS…broken nose?!
    I've had my nose broken.

  4. Iโ€™m sorry things have been so difficult for you this year and in the years past. I feel like I could write a bunch of gobbley-gook that would be worthless, but really enough is said with just Iโ€™m so sorry for all your troubles.

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