Andrew is planning a series of events to raise funds and awareness over the course of 2018 - starting with running the Wigan 5k in March.
He says ‘At the age of 17 I became riddled with an
inflammatory disease known as psoriasis. Battling depression, becoming
socially isolated, seeing changes in myself physically and taking
variations of medication are a few of the many challenges I
experienced/experience, all due to suffering from this disease.
As I became
older, found the right medication, found better ways of dealing with and
improving the condition, I now find myself in a better place. I have
a great, supportive family and have found myself a beautiful woman, who all in
these years have had to live with this condition through me. I have now
developed the courage to not hide from or hide this from anyone anymore yet
help those who also suffer from it.
recent, in my physiotherapy degree, I had the opportunity to complete
a literature review based on physical activity and whether it had an effect on
reducing the severity of this disease, as in my personal experience, reductions
in weight and being physically active seemed to improve my symptoms
drastically. My results identified positive correlation between weight loss and
decreasing psoriasis severity yet there was slim research specifically
relating to physical activity and psoriasis severity. However, the minimal research
that was available was positive, along with positive theoretical
implications (I am happy to send out my literature review to anyone interested).
My aim for 2018 is to make a difference, raise awareness and raise money
for the Psoriasis Association, who fund the likes of research in aim to improve
the condition yet also raise awareness of the disease and provide helplines for
those who are still struggling. And I will do this by doing a series of
physical activity events over the year.
My own mission is to do my own little series
of experiments, which I'll document via Snapchat and Facebook, to see
whether increasing my activity levels by training for events like
this, will improve my psoriasis severity yet also create positivity
to those with psoriasis to get out there and be active.’
Follow Andrew's progress on his fundraising page