Lynn Sherwood, 47, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, describes herself as a happy woman, typically brimming with confidence and a “superhero smile.” Lynn has been dealing with psoriasis for more than half her life, and was officially diagnosed last year. During her flare-ups, she says, “Being covered in hundreds of red, scaly bumps wipes the smile away pretty quickly.”

Lynn says quality time and physical touch are two of her biggest love languages, adding, “My embarrassment about my appearance robbed me of both.”

While flaring, her desire to give hugs evaporates. Walking into a room full of people, something she normally enjoys, suddenly feels mortifying. “I avoid people and gatherings like the plague,” she says.