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Roxanne’s Psoriasis Journey

Roxanne’s Psoriasis Journey

Hi Roxanne, Please tell us a little bit about you

My name is Roxanne Cavazos-Decker. 39 years old, born and raised in Texas. I’ve been married for 14 years, and I’m blessed to say that my husband has always been supportive of any idea or journey I’ve been on. The family will always be #1 to me.
My Mom is my best friend, and so was my Dad till his passing 7 years ago. My older brother is the best pal I’ve ever had.
Hmm, what else can I say… I’m passionate about nail polish, makeup, my cat Katniss and the Dallas Cowboys.
I’m as girly as they come, but I’m a true lover of sports. I also believe in the power of kindness, saying 1 kind word or doing 1 kind gesture can truly change a person’s day or life. Or the world?

When were you diagnosed with Psoriasis?

I was diagnosed in August 2010, just 3 weeks before my 30th birthday. It’s almost my 10 years “Psoriasis Anniversary.”

What do you think caused it?

This question has never been answered exactly. My dermatologist thinks it’s hereditary since it’s an autoimmune disease. Both my Father and Grandmother (my Father’s Mother) had autoimmune diseases.

What foods do you Avoid?

Alcohol, most definitely. I also avoid red meats and processed foods. I avoid these 3 like it’s my personal religion. Not only can it induce a flare-up, but it’s also horrible on my stomach.

What foods do you Eat to Heal?

Lots of leafy greens. It’s a good thing. I love spinach because spinach salads are a part of my eating life! I also love eating fruits and vegetables. Just give me avocados or cantaloupe, and I’m a happy girl!

Do you avoid gluten, and what do you think about Gluten sensitivity in Psoriasis?

I try to avoid gluten. I’ve noticed that when I avoid gluten, I don’t get as many flare-ups, and my skin tends to look healthier.
I’m not going to say that I live by a completely gluten-free diet, but a lot of foods I now eat are gluten-free.
My thoughts on gluten sensitivity in Psoriasis are this: Since having this disease, I’ve noticed many things. One being that, anything can trigger a flare-up.
Two that with having this autoimmune disease, it seems as if other autoimmune diseases tend to come up.
And three, which wouldn’t surprise me if the celiac disease would occur to anyone suffering from Psoriasis. To be safe, I try to avoid gluten whenever I can.

How is your Breakfast like?

Let me say, breakfast is my all-time favorite meal! I can have breakfast for lunch and dinner as well and be in total bliss.
With that being said, knowing that eggs are a trigger food broke my heart. I didn’t think I could tear myself away from that. Instead, I cook powdered eggs, and it has worked out just fine for me. I also eat oatmeal, waffles, or pancakes (ALL GLUTEN-FREE).
The blessing here is that nowadays, you can now purchase gluten-free food, and in my opinion, it tastes the same.

Name your top 3 Triggers.

The heat (especially this Texas heat)
And any detergent that isn’t fragrance-free

Please share your tips for healing, how do you fight flare-ups?

Music definitely helps me in more ways than I ever thought possible. Praying has also gotten me through the most painful moments, especially during the 1st year of having Psoriasis. Last, but probably the most important of all, is having an amazing support system.
There’s no way I could have gotten through the 1st year without my Mom (who swept and vacuumed my shedding skin), my husband who always thought I was beautiful (even when I was 99% covered in scales) and my best friends who were there for me any time of the day.
Having people who genuinely care about you is what helps you heal from the inside out.

What would you tell those who are newly diagnosed and looking for answers?

First, be patient. And wow, I feel like such a hypocrite saying that. Cause in no way shape or form was I patient. I was scared and confused. I was even angry. But being angry won’t solve or help in the healing process. Find a good dermatologist, one that will be patient, understanding, and answer any questions you may have. I’m so blessed to have such an amazing dermatologist, who has always been understanding and always taken the time to answer questions or listen to concerns I may l have. Also, have a support system: parents, a close family member, that special someone, friends. Being able to talk to someone, to just vent, is seriously one of the best things to have. And last, buy Vaseline. I’m not even kidding. The best advice my dermatologist ever gave me was to buy Vaseline. It’s soothing and helps your skin heal.

Places to find Roxie
Instagram roxie_c_decker.

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