Former WWE Superstar, Tenille Dashwood (a.k.a Emma) has posted an inspiring, lengthy message about her psoriasis condition, including several images of herself with the condition.
Whilst Instagram is usually the place where people hide their imperfections and use a variety of edits to make everything look as perfect as possible, Tenille Dashwood has smashed down those barriers in order to provide inspiration for anyone suffering from the skin condition known as psoriasis.
Dashwood, who suffers from psoriasis shared several images of her skin to her Instagram to show just how badly she is affected, including images of the condition at its very worst, in the hope to raise awareness on World Psoriasis Day.
Dashwood admitted she contemplated whether or not she should share the pictures as vulnerability is terrifying, but she claims it is things like this and her wrestling injuries that make her who she is today.
The ex-WWE superstar admitted she has had lows with the situation, stating that the emotional and mental damage is far worse than the physical and that she has since realized sometimes you need to seek help, and someone to talk to.
Dashwood shared pictures that were taken six weeks ago, revealing that today, thankfully, she is almost clear, claiming that the human bodies are amazing and that we need to take care of them. Finally, she stated that she hopes she can help someone else now, no matter what she is going through, thanking her mum, family, and friends for being there for her as she heals.
You can see the images and Dashwood’s full message below:
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L I F E If only you could hear all the stories my skin would tell… I’ve contemplated whether I should share these picture. Vulnerability is terrifying. Growing up, I never pictured myself suffering from an auto immune disease and being covered from head to toe with a skin condition. I never pictured myself having surgery on my spine because a herniated disc was touching my spinal cord. I also didn’t imagine that I’d be recovering from a second shoulder surgery now, let alone a first! But here I am… realizing this is life. In fact, it’s these things that made me who I am! I’ve had my lows, but with each low I’ve scrambled for answers and solutions, I’ve fought, I’ve researched and I’ve done everything I can to get better. I’ve dreamed big and I’ve learned not to take life for granted. The physical damage is rough yes, but the mental and emotional damage far outweighs that. You just never know what someone is going through. Lately I’ve realized that sometimes we need some help, some encouragement, someone to speak to. We need to hear there is hope, and to know that things can get better. These picture were taken about 6 weeks ago. You can see the scar on my spine, and you can see my body marked from psoriasis. This is by no means the worst of what it’s been, this is on the mend actually. My entire body was covered. In these photo the red spots had started to calm. The white spots were the result of red marks resolving and causing loss of pigmentation. The even more extreme photos I have are reminders of how far I’ve come and that things could be worse. I added an old photo too so you can see me at one of my extreme stages like what it was again this time. Today, thankfully I am almost clear as I wait for the pigmentation to continue healing. Our bodies are amazing… We need to take care of them, and sometimes we need help from others to get there. Hopefully I can help someone now, whatever you are going through. There is hope! I’m thankful for what I’ve learned from @mygoodnessrecipes and @medicalmedium and I’m thankful for my Mum, my family and my friends for being there for me as I heal! ❤️ #WorldPsoriasisDay #psoriasis 📸 @lovesquish