Pso In The Know With Cyndi Lauper With Guest Ciena Rae
On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with actress, writer, musician and psoriasis patient advocate, Ciena Rae Nelson. They share stories about some of their worst PsO flare-ups and how they have impacted their careers, discuss the various ways others can advocate for PsO patients, talk about the importance of finding a PsO treatment plan that works best for you, and advise people with PsO to never give up hope.
Vanderpump Rules Star Stassi Schroeder Has Also Been Open About Her Psoriasis
In 2018, Schroeder wrote an essay for Today.com, detailing her experience with the disease.
“I developed psoriasis six years ago,” she wrote. “It’s annoying. There’s really no way to control it and it comes and goes whenever it pleases. It’s like a douche-y boyfriend. You know what I mean? Right now, if you wiped away all of my makeup, you would see red patches all over my face.”
She goes on to write that people need to embrace their psoriasis.
“The advice I would give to anyone who has psoriasis is to let go of any anxiety about it because there’s nothing you can do,” Schroeder wrote in the essay. “If you stress about it, it’s only going to make it worse because it’s brought on by stress a lot of the time. And what’s the point? You’re just going to be miserable.”
I Found Out I Had Psoriasis When
I had this kind of buildup on my scalp, which, because my son played hockey at the time, I thought Oh, it might be bugs . Id never had bugs. Then I went to the doctor and he said, “No, no, no, thats plaque psoriasis.” He gave me some shampoo, and it kept it at bay a little bit, and then it started to spread. In 2012, it was really, really not good. By 2014, I was covered head to toe except for my face. I was able to hide it. But it took my strength.
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Who Is The Girl In The American Crime Commercial
Caitlin Gerard was born on July 26, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Caitlin Beverly Gerard. She is an actress and producer, known for American Crime , Insidious: The Last Key and The Wind . 12. Sierra Love Sierra Love is a native Californian. Sierra grew up in Beaumont, California, and shes the youngest of four children.
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Jonathan Van Ness Promotes Self
Jonathan Van Ness, known for promoting empowerment in his starring role on Queer Eye, has extended that message to his life with psoriasis.
In a March 2018 interview with Allure, Van Ness detailed his many psoriasis challenges. It’s just been such an issue since Ive had it, he said. The first time I had a flare-up I was 23, and I got it from, like, a scratch. I was scratched and then that scratch turned into what was a psoriasis flare-up, but it took me like five doctors to figure out what it was. He was misdiagnosed with allergic reactions, and in turn mistakenly juggled a variety of medications to manage flare-ups, including antibiotics and Benadryl.
Van Ness told Allure that making peace with his psoriasis took time. Its weird, I feel like I’ve really come to a place of acceptance with her, so I dont even really have to practice anymore because its been, like, seven years now. Im used to her when shes up, and Im used to her when shes down. Im just cool with it.
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Cyndi Lauper And ‘the Heartbreak’ Of Psoriasis
Lauper shares her psoriasis story and encourages others to speak out.
Throughout her 30-year career, Cyndi Lauper has inspired many people with her hit songs like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Time After Time.” Today, the Grammy-, Tony- and Emmy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress shows her true colors for a different reason: She has psoriasis and is speaking out about the physical, social and emotional effects of this condition.
Lauper was on tour when psoriasis first flared on her scalp. She’d just dyed her hair and initially thought the sores on her head were some type of bug. A doctor confirmed it was scalp psoriasis.
For a while, a shampoo kept it under control, but when Lauper scratched near her ear, there would be flakes.
“My poor stylist, I remember, she got me this shirt with spots all over it so you couldn’t tell,” Lauper said.
Her psoriasis changed into what Lauper thought was a rash, but then it started to spread. At one point, Lauper said, it felt like the psoriasis began to grow over her entire body. When it got really bad, she would just lay in bed.
Like many other people with psoriasis, Lauper struggled with the physical and emotional aspects of living with this chronic autoimmune disease.
The Hardest Thing About My Diagnosis Was
I always had pretty skin when I was young. I thought Id never be able to feel my skin again. I gave up hope. I did every kind of treatment. I didn’t realize that the cortisone cream was going to thin my skin out so much. I rubbed up against a cab one time and a piece of skin on my arm came off.
Youre tired. Its an inflammatory disease so it kind of zaps your strength. And trying to sing, work out, and have all this on, and then taking it off, your skin comes with it. Its awful. Emotionally, honestly, at the height of being that sick you feel very much alone. Actually, Im one of 7.5 million people in this country with psoriasis. When it flairs, its real bad. People who suffer with it on their knees or elbows, it gets bad, it hurts. I still worked, but it was difficult. I had to get up in front of people acting like a big, strong woman and really youre just feeling your mortality.
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I Had Trouble Relating To Friends And Family
Everyone seemed to have advice to offer. People would tell me that I could cure my psoriatic arthritis by losing weight, cutting gluten out of my diet, or making a lifestyle change. You would never say that to someone with cancer. But I still appreciated their ideas because it helped open up a dialogue.
I tend to be a very go-go-go kind of person, but once I was diagnosed, I realized I needed to take it a little easier. Even if I feel up for it, I try to limit my activitiesI know a busy schedule can catch up with me, and then I might not be able to get out of bed for a day. Surprisingly, its been harder for my longtime friends to accept this, because they remember the old active me.
At the same time, I also try to hide some of the pain psoriatic arthritis causes me. Nobody has seen my fingernails in 13 years, since I always keep them polished so you cant tell that they are splitting, pitting, and lifting up from the nail bed . Recently, my fingers have started to be affected, too. The joints on my right pointer finger and my left hand are swollen, and my baby fingers are often bruised.
La La Anthony Takes Control Of Her Psoriasis
Actress and television personality La La Anthony has lived with psoriasis for about 15 years. It kind of came out of nowhere for me, she told Everyday Health in 2015, the year she became a spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation. I just noticed redness, itchiness, and flakiness on my skin and especially in my scalp. It was really bad.
Since then Anthony has shared other aspects of her life with psoriasis, including her use of baking soda as an exfoliator . It is just gentle enough on my sensitive skin, which is really hard to find when you do have psoriasis, she told People magazine in June 2017.
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What You Should Know About Plaque Psoriasis
This is the type youre probably thinking of when someone mentions psoriasis. Its characterized by clearly demarcated, raised, red, scaly patches called plaques that appear most commonly on your elbows, knees, scalp, and back .
Because it accounts for 80% of all cases, plaque psoriasis tends to get the most press. Its the type addressed in most psoriasis drug commercials, and celebs including reality star Kim Kardashian and singer Cyndi Lauper have both been vocal about being plagued with plaques.
Cyndi Lauper Was Once Homeless
Despite her incredible success, Cyndi Lauper has remained very open about her humble beginnings and the fact that she was homeless for a time in her youth. After leaving an abusive household, as she shared in her memoir , Lauper was unable to sign a lease at 17 years old, and so she was homeless and living on the streets, as she explained to KTLA 5. “You had to be 21,” she said, adding, “I didn’t have anybody sign a lease for me.”
She found her way to Vermont, living in a youth hostel while there, and she claims that it was Vermont that “saved” her. Lauper was reluctant to go on welfare, instead wanting to work at any job she could. She was eventually hired to work at a kennel. She also managed to complete her GED and enrolled in college to study art.
While in college, Lauper realized that she didn’t really want to be a teacher, but rather she wanted to be a painter. So she returned to New York and held jobs in the art industry before answering some ads to be a background singer. The rest, as they say, is history!
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Pso In The Know With Cyndi Lauper With Guest Dan Bucatinsky
On this episode of PsO in the Know, Cyndi speaks with Emmy Award-winning actor, writer, and producer, Dan Bucatinsky. Cyndi and Dan talk about making your way to stardom by adapting, pivoting, and turning corners you may not necessarily have envisioned exchange stories about parenting while leading busy careers in show business and give sound advice on how to maintain a positive attitude while managing PsO.
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In an exclusive interview with Closer, Cyndi Lauper opens up about how shes maintained a positive outlook on life even after experiencing a difficult childhood, and battling with depression and chronic illness in her adult life.
Theres a lot of darkness , but theres also a lot of light, she tells Closer. I really try to bring a lot of light to myself.
Cyndi, who admitted she contemplated suicide in the late 1980s, tells Closer that now she leans on her familys love and support through the hard times.
Cyndi performing in January 1984.
Im a family person, she says. I love the heck out of them.
Even after a devastating outbreak of her chronic psoriasis in 2015, she refused to let that derail her life.
I had lost my voice, my strength. Yet I was still getting up and trying, while I was writing Kinky Boots, Cyndi, 63, tells Closer.
Cyndi performing in December 2014.
In addition to working on a follow-up to Kinky Boots, Cyndi released Detour, an album of country classics I dont think I have ever achieved greatness despite everything Ive done, she says. But its not so much greatness, its happiness you need to focus on. Enjoying life is the best revenge.
You have to stay connected to life and the things that excite you. Life is for learning, she adds.
For our full interview with Cyndi, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!
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Stress Relief Comes In Many Forms
Lauper confessed, Ive never been able to really manage stress. Despite this admission, she has many go-to techniques for relieving stress both at home and on the road. She studied reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. That helps me, Lauper said.
These days, she finds that yoga and walks keep her grounded. She works with a yoga instructor. When everything seems to go haywire, Lauper recommends, taking a walk in the fresh air. She walks her dog. She walks with her husband.
On the road, she also relies on meditation. During our interview, she recalls listening to a recording of Pema Chödrön, an American who is a Tibetan Buddhist nun and meditation guru. Lauper says, Chödrön has a great voice. She even made the goldfish in the hotel calm down.
Recently, her manager recommended the meditation app from Russell Simmons.
Breathing is also really important for relieving stress. Taking a few slow, deep breaths can help you feel better. You can do it anywhere. When Lauper feels upset, she tells herself, Okay, just breathe.
Her Mom Kris Jenner Also Has Psoriasis
While it’s possible to have psoriasis even if you have no family history of the disease, having a family member with it does increase your risk.
Kim Kardashian has spoken about her mother’s battle with the disease. In an open letter on Poosh, Kim wrote that Kris was diagnosed with psoriasis at 30.
“She had it in her scalp and all over her body, and I’d see it all the time,” she wrote, adding: “Getting UV rays directly on the spots really helped my mom.”
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, UVB light therapy can be a way to treat psoriasis when administered by a dermatologist. Kim Kardashian noted that UV was not a successful treatment for her own psoriasis.
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Fashion Pundit Stacy London Uses Style To Combat Stigma
Stacy London, the stylist and cohost of What Not to Wear, has lived with psoriasis since the age of 4, when she had very small bumps behind her ears, she revealed in an interview with the Houston Chronicle. She had her worst bout when she was 11, which led to plaques covering her entire body from the neck down as well as serious scalp psoriasis.
“I went from having something that was kind of an invisible problem that maybe just made me feel kind of insecure on the inside to having a very, very visible problem and having to cope with that kids arent nice at 11,” she told the newspaper. It was very hard and I do think that the insecurity about the disease is sort of what led me to be interested in things that were sort of beautiful and sparkly and pretty like fashion magazines and fashion in general.
Can You Get Tattoos If You Have Psoriasis
A person with psoriasis can get tattoos, but the best bet is to stick to places where they dont usually get flare-ups. Plaque psoriasis can occur almost anywhere on the body, so it may be challenging to choose a location. It isnt possible to get a tattoo in areas where there are scale-like patches or plaques.
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She Chose Band Over Solo Career And Paid Dearly
She’s So Unusual was Cyndi Lauper’s first solo album, but it wasn’t the first time she’d commercially released music. Combining a New Wave look with a ’60s throwback sound, Blue Angel, fronted by Lauper, put out a self-titled LP in 1980. Allman Brothers Band manager Steve Massarsky managed to hear the band’s early demo tape. “The playing was bad. There was something interesting about the singer’s voice, but that was all,” he later told Rolling Stone. After seeing the band perform, he bought out Lauper’s contract from her previous manager, and set up a showcase for Blue Angel to play for various record company reps. They all shared Massarsky’s initial thoughts: the band wasn’t great but the singer was something special.
However, Lauper refused to go solo, even turning down the chance to record a song by herself for the soundtrack to the Meat Loaf movie Roadie, produced by legendary disco song crafter Giorgio Moroder. She held firm, and the label eventually relented and allowed Blue Angel to make and ship its album … which completely flopped.
According to Classic Pop, the band then fired Massarsky from his manager post. He sued for $80,000, and Lauper didn’t have the money to pay him off nor fight the case. So, she filed for bankruptcy. Ironically, this did allow Lauper to pursue a solo career, except she lost her voice again, this time because of a cyst on a vocal cord.
Hat Full Of Stars And Twelve Deadly Cyns
Lauper’s fourth album Hat Full of Stars was released in June 1993 and was met with critical acclaim, but failed commercially, unsupported by her label. The album, which tackled such topics as homophobia, spousal abuse, racism, and abortion sold fewer than 120,000 copies in the United States and peaked at No. 112 on the Billboard charts. The video for the album’s song “Sally’s Pigeons” features the then-unknown as the young Cyndi.
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