A PSORIASIS sufferer has embraced her new identity as a ‘cheetah girl’ after learning to accept the sore red marks that cover her body and face.
Aimee Godden, 32, was fed up with the horrible comments she faced daily because of her condition, and decided to show off her natural skin to inspire others.
Aimee Godden was compared to a cheetah when she posted pictures of her psoriasis online
The fashion retail manager was distraught when the marks started to appear on her body at 14 years old, but it wasn’t until after a traumatic breakup that the sores moved on to her face.
Since they started to appear in January, Aimee has had to face abuse from customers where she works, and has been offered makeup by various companies to cover the psoriasis.
She said: “When it first appeared on my face I was distraught and I cried every day – I felt like I looked hideous and was thinking ‘how will I cover this up?’.
“Especially after the breakup I was thinking ‘how will anyone find me attractive?’. If I met someone and I’d covered it with makeup, would he think I was horrific when I took my makeup off?”
Aimee sometimes has to wear wigs because of her hair thinning due to scabs on her head
At work, Aimee was stared at by those who came in the store, and some have even requested to not be served by her, with one boy even hollering abuse at her because of her looks.
She continued: “I would go out in roll-necks and pull them up over my chin and wear a woolly hat to cover my forehead and I remember by friends saying how sad it was.”
It was then that Aimee decided to share a photo online of her face without makeup, bravely showing off her natural skin with her painful spots on show.
She was met with hundr of positive comments, including one from the US Psoriasis Association, which compared her skin to the marks on a cheetah.
Aimee already had a more common form of psoriasis that affected her elbows and knees in her teenage years
She said: “They said I looked feline and called me ‘cheetah girl’ – I liked that a lot so I thought I could take that name and name something of it.
“People would message me saying they were going through the same and can’t leave the house and asking how I did it, saying that I’ve inspired them.”
Despite already suffering with plaque psoriasis, which affected her elbows and knees, this developed into guttate psoriasis which spreads over the body.
She was diagnosed with chicken pox at first, but when treatment wasn’t clearing it up, she want to see a different doctor who diagnosed her stress-related form of the illness.
Psoriasis can be stress related, so the more stressed someone is, the more painful it can be
“It’s very sore and it feels raw all the time,” Aimee said, “and I don’t know how to describe the itching – it’s unbearable.
“I spend my evenings covering myself in creams – I’m using about 12 creams from all over the world – I will try anything as I’ve not found anything that’s really helped.”
The fashion lover, who described her style as ‘random and bohemian’, can no longer use most of the clothes in her wardrobe because of her condition as it irritate her spots.
She also has to wear wigs or headscarves where her head is covered in sores, thinning out her hair.
Before her psoriasis, Aimee used to love fashion and wear lots of different types of clothes
Aimee is supportive of the ‘get your skin out movement’ on social media, and so despite covering up sometimes, she leaves her skin clear without caking it in makeup.
She said: “When I first got this condition I wasn’t where I wanted to be in life, but now it feels like this was meant to be and this is what I’m supposed to do – to support and inspire others.
“I want to tell people they can still be beautiful and stand out. Why not be proud of who you are?”
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