Fresh off her poolside reporting assignment in Rio, 12-time Olympic medalist, best-selling author, and mom Dara Torres is diving into a very important conversation about psoriasis. This summer, Torres is teaming up with Celgene to share her personal story with psoriasis and raise awareness about the disease through the SHOW MORE OF YOU campaign.
The campaign aims to inspire people living with psoriasis to raise awareness about their condition and celebrate their accomplishments. People with psoriasis and those who support them can join Torres and others at ShowMoreOfYou.com by sharing inspirational photos and messages of how they are showing more of their true selves.
Psoriasis is a chronic, systemic autoimmune disease, which causes increased skin cell growth that may appear on the skin as raised, sometimes red patches, covered with a silvery buildup of dead skin cells. People living with psoriasis often report that the disease has emotional and physical challenges. In fact, a survey reported nearly 9 out of 10 people living with psoriasis experienced self-consciousness or embarrassment about their condition.
As one of 7.5 million people in the U.S. living with the disease, Torres knows what it means to overcome her fears and achieve her goals both in and out of the pool. In fact, she is the first and only female swimmer to represent the U.S. in five Olympic Games, and, at age 41, she was the oldest swimmer ever to earn a place on the U.S. team. Despite having lived with plaque psoriasis for nearly two decades, Torres has never let fear or embarrassment keep her out of a bathing suit, out of the pool, or stop her from realizing her dreams. She didn’t let the impact of the disease force her to adapt her life at the expense of her dreams – and she wants to encourage others to do the same.
To learn more about the SHOW MORE OF YOU campaign, psoriasis, Torres’ personal story, and to upload inspiring photos or messages, visit ShowMoreOfYou.com.