Diane is a blogger, patient advocate, and speaker for psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. She is a caregiver for her father who has prostate cancer and a stepmother with Parkinson disease. She has spoken in front of the FDA about living with diseases and was asked to be on a panel with several doctors as a patient advocate. She goes to Capitol Hill yearly to lobby and frequently speaks at Town Hall meetings. Diane has been an active advocate for over a decade. She ran a support group in the MD, DC, and VA area for ten years. She is also a volunteer for several organizations and vows to help as many people as she can on her journey. She presently writes for several organizations and on several boards. She just received the “Hero of Hope” award with iPain Foundation. She loves being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She has a great husband (Alvin) who is her number one supporter. Diane loves reading, writing, and traveling. Diane has been battling a chronic illness since the age of 5 (1968). She tells her story to inspire others and not for pity. Her goal is to stop the stigma associated with this disease and help find a cure.
Howard Chang has lived with severe psoriasis and atopic dermatitis since childhood. He is an active patient advocate and blogger, having written his column “The Itch to Beat Psoriasis” with Everyday Health for over twelve years. Howard has served as an advisor for the HealtheVoices conference for online patient advocates and the HealtheVoices Impact Fund. He volunteers for the National Psoriasis Foundation in the Northern California Division and with the Western Advocacy Action Network. As an ordained minister he has worked in local churches and with university campus communities. He and his wife have three college-age children and enjoy traveling, walks with the family dog, Teddy, and following Bay Area sports teams.
My name is Wendy Riese. I am a mother of two children and a New York City public school teacher. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, dining out, traveling, and exercising. I was diagnosed with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis ten years ago. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease and presently there is no cure for it. When I first received my diagnosis, I felt devastated! Since then, I have tried various treatments for my disease. I am fortunate that my current treatment is helping me to live a better quality of life. My hope is that one day there will be a cure for the approximately 100 million individuals affected worldwide!