I’m off on my travels again … but this time I’m hoping that some of you might join me! If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that there is a huge event (we’re talking a ginormous, never-seen-before event) taking place in Manchester from Monday April 28th to Friday May 2nd. It is the Psoriasis Shout Out comprising of a series of events to raise awareness and educate the public.
OK, so Manchester is not quite as glamorous as Milan, but I have a strong suspicion that it might well be lots more fun! There is a full schedule of events planned (click here for more information) and I’m involved in two. The first is on Wednesday 30th April at 2.30pm, where I will be giving a short five minute talk at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. This talk (which I have yet to write *gazes out window and hopes for inspiration*) will centre on my experience of psoriasis and why I felt compelled to start this blog. The other talks will be given by Professor Chris Griffiths, who I’m reliably informed is one of the world’s Top Three psoriasis experts, and finally a talk by my pal, actor and comedian, Toby Hadoke, who will chronicle his experience with this disease (between you and me, the event is worth attending just to hear him speak!) After these brief talks, the floor will be open for a Q&A session, so this is your chance to ask the questions you’ve always wanted answered. And if you have a question for me, I promise to answer honestly! If you would like to attend, please register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
But then … and this is where it gets really interesting … on Friday May 2nd , there will be not just one, but two fashion shows held in the Trafford Centre in Manchester (1.30pm and 5.30pm.) These are not just any common or garden fashion shows however. These are fashion shows which are specifically styled for people who suffer from psoriasis and not just that! (This post is awash with exclamation marks, have you noticed?) This fashion show will be hosted by myself (what on earth will I wear?) and the models will be fellow sufferers. How completely fabulous is that? Regular, normal people like you and I, will be braving the catwalk in pursuit of raising awareness of psoriasis. I am blown away by their generosity and courage. The fashion will be styled by me (gnaws fingers anxiously!) with the help of each store and I would love if you could come along and support us. We are all united in one wish … to bring psoriasis centre stage. As I have approximately one day in which to match outfits to models (Dear God, what have I let myself in for?!) this probably won’t be the most professional fashion show you’ve ever seen. What I can guarantee however, is that there will be genuine fun, laughter, helpful tips, loads of advice and a chance to see how it is absolutely possible to (here I go again!) look fabulous on even your flakiest days!
Other events throughout the week include free sessions of mindfulness and a poetry reading where psoriasis patients express how they feel. There are flash mobs (watch out Manchester!), professional therapists and a chance to meet fellow sufferers. In short, it’s a chance for us, Psoriasis Patients, to literally Shout Out about our condition; to make others aware; to share our experiences; and hopefully have some fun along the way. I really hope you can make it and if you can, please, please do say hello. I’d love to meet you!