DESCALING WITH THE POWER OF WOMANHOOD…
"We are most alive when we are in love" John Updike.
To uplift, untie and up bring a sprightly world has become commendable task in the present era. A single word or a simple smile can erase many fatal moments! I was puzzled when my dermatologist diagnosed the silver scales scintillating on my scalp. Though it sounds alliterative it altered my life for good. The clouds of labyrinths began to unfurl for me as I began my medication and realized that my body is not happy about something.
Here, was my chronic friend reminding me every day that I required chronic upliftment in some form. Words of motivation as a sanguine aid to the itching mind and skin of mine flowed for the first three months. The fourth month laughed at me when my parents stopped calling me or speaking to me. The first cue of abomination!
I suspected myself and not my chronic friend. "We are helpless. Nothing can be done. BUT everything will be okay" were the words from my dad and mom which resonated in my ears as I woke up to begin a day afresh. Hanging calls, unresponsive messages told me that literally they wish to offer no willpower when I mentally became powerless. Advises poured in through voice calls, blue double ticks, hash tags and seen status bringing confirmation to the receiver that its only me who can be of real help. This in turn 'unconfirmed' the type of words that tipped me.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that can attack the skin, including the scalp. It may appear as raised patches of scaly, flaky skin. In appearance it is a sibling to dandruff, but with a silvery sheen. Symptoms can affect the entire scalp or only small patches which can cause irritation with a touch of itchiness. They can also spread to the ears, the hairline, and the neck. Psoriasis is more common in adults, but it can develop in children. The National Psoriasis Foundation report that 2–3 percent of the population in the U.S. is under this condition. The most common type of psoriasis causes dry, red patches, or plaques, to form on the skin.
Some guests come uninvited and the most awaited ones leaves without notice. In the unusual hours of the night I shed tears of regret, remorse.
A fixed notion cannot be upturned but an upturned spirit can be fixed with love.
John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short-story writer, art critic, and literary critic. He was known for his careful craftsmanship and realistic but subtle depiction of “American, Protestant, small-town, middle-class” life.
The writer has lived with psoriasis, a skin ailment. A tendency to it is inherited. The writer's mother had it and her mother had it. The disease favors the fair, the dry-skinned. The writer chose a profession that did not demand being presentable.
Updike famously quotes "I am constantly in war with my skin"
Psoriasis (soar +reassess) taught me to soar high and reassess through the power of weapon uplifting anybody passing my way. I am in the paths of research to the meaning of the word 'is' to the essence of being. I learnt the lessons of reconciliation and rejuvenation by being an exemplar to many.
Unlearning the chapters with fissures, I re learnt to break away from the tentacles of daunting words. I felt alive by loving myself.
A neat short haircut was the first step cure. Long black locks were cut to give a style. "These days people want to cut off good hair .You too madam"? remarked my saloon stylist. I gave a smile of reassurance. My scalp couldn't be satiated at the medication with hair of that length. I had to create a style to meet the requirements of my medication to soothe every inch of my scalp from the grip of that silver tiara.
I soon became the icon of style for many my friends and relatives. The near and dear ones invested less fear in me.
As the cells began to multiply too quickly I initiated the multiplication of many uplifting cells in my mind in turn, renewing my body and spirit. I felt alive again!
I dusted my talents of communication, painting and singing to save many such minds through my talks of upliftment. Little did I know till then that numerous women were in the search for a trustworthy ear to simply listen to their worries!
Problems are uncountable but listening to their anxieties gives an assurance that all is well.
The silver flaky crown which psoriasis adorned me with gifted a gown of patience, independence and tolerance. It may sound slightly paradoxical but I rediscovered myself from this Magical Pit.
The quote by John Updike came to life breaking all circumferences of negative associations paving way for new circumstances.
Psoriasis, including scalp psoriasis, is a common condition that appears to develop when the immune system sends the wrong signals to the body. When the immune system sends these messages to the skin cells, the cells multiply too quickly. Normally, new cell formation on the scalp may take weeks. With psoriasis, cells form within days. This makes it difficult for the body to shed the excess cells. As the skin cells build up on the surface of the scalp, they form scaly patches. The exact cause of scalp psoriasis is unknown, but research suggests there is a genetic link. People who have a family member with the condition have a higher risk of developing scalp psoriasis. But psoriasis chose me in my family to soar high with it.
In my need; Allopathy, homeopathy assured to be my friends indeed. Little did they know that sympathy and empathy were grinning at me from the other side. The inflammation on my skin flamed up at their stings.
Maya Angelou said “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you".
Many untold episodes fume up to flames at the constraint of a word or an act that could have been a timely help for someone. This disease of the skin is incurable but the disease of the mind is irreparable. An uplifting note of encouragement and motivation could be the saviour of many.
Yes the scalp of mine now has got many stories descaling to share.
Today, I can sing with pride that my skin taught me to re-skin my weakness to inner strength.
The scales on my body, empowered me to the escalation of my body mind soul
Petrified to purified, raged to purged, the patches on me now matches the story of many untold sashes!
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