Our fantastic fundraiser Melissa has been extremely busy in May and June, completing the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10k in 1 hour 10 minutes, and holding an afternoon tea fundraising event in support of the Psoriasis Association! On top of that she's also competing in the final of Miss Scotland 2019, and hoping to raise greater awareness of psoriasis on a national and international level.
She says 'My
name is Melissa Beattie and I am currently 24 years old. I have personally
struggled physically and mentally from psoriasis since I was 14.
experienced psoriasis when I was 14, after a bad case of glandular
fever. Being a 14 year old girl can be a challenging time on its
own, but being covered head to toe in itchy, inflamed and
painful plaques had a huge effect on me emotionally and mentally. What
scared me the most was the lack of knowledge and understanding of the condition
and how to beat it.
Fast forward 10 years, there is an advancement in research and understanding of psoriasis as a condition, how to treat it, and how to live with it, but there is still a long way to go before a cure is found. I still have breakouts off and on; sometimes just spotting on my arms and legs, sometimes my whole body and face can be engulfed in dry patches. I can go years without a breakout, it comes and goes quite suddenly, sometimes mild while other times severe. At my worst, I would wake up with bloody sheets from scratching in my sleep, leaving the wounds open to infection, it would be so painful that I couldn't focus on anything. My social, professional and family life would all suffer, which left me feeling distressed and emotionally drained. However, others suffer considerably worse than I do, with some people being hospitalised due to infection, while others suffer from devastating suicidal thoughts and actions - this is utterly heart breaking.
psoriasis is not only a painful and debilitating condition, but with it
being so visible it can have a massive impact on your mental health. The
Psoriasis Association found that a huge 94% of those affected also suffer with
depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. I was shocked by these figures
and felt moved to campaign to boost public understanding,
awareness and acceptance. I completely empathise with everyone who
struggles with psoriasis daily, as it can become difficult to stay positive
when you know you will have this condition forever. My main aim
is to help people to always feel comfortable in their own skin. Nobody should
feel like psoriasis defines them, as the most important form of beauty is
As a result, I recently completed the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10K on the 25th May in 1:10 and on Sunday I held an Afternoon Tea Fundraising event at Rowallan Castle. I am so overjoyed to announce that with everyone’s help, we have managed to raise a total of £2,616 so far! Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart, especially The Psoriasis Association for being a huge support system throughout this whole journey.
am also currently in the running for Miss Scotland 2019, with my main mission
being to use this platform to raise awareness of psoriasis on an international
level. It is so important to me to show my most raw, vulnerable and authentic
self, especially with my psoriasis being on display through this experience -
after all inner beauty is what matters the most!
the money raised will go towards helping The Psoriasis Association continue
their amazing work into collecting research for treatments and a cure, as well
as supporting those affected. All funds raised have gone directly to The
Psoriasis Association – with more events and collaborations coming up,
hopefully one day we will be able to eliminate this condition forever.'
You can help support Melissa by donating via her online fundraising page here