HUMIRA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis who are ready for systemic therapy or phototherapy, and are under the care of a doctor who will decide if other systemic therapies are less appropriate.
Going into the legal field, I wanted to really know what I was talking about and speak strongly and confidently because I felt like when you have plaque psoriasis, in the first 5 minutes of talking with someone, they’re going to take that first 2 or 3 minutes to assess and look at everything, and they’re probably not paying attention to what you’re saying. I had a spot right on my arm, and I was like, all right, maybe it will go away, but it just got bigger and bigger and then it started to itch. And then I could, like, distinctly see the flakes. I finally went to a second opinion because it had spread and it was all over my back and my stomach. I would get little patches on my face. And she just took one look at me, and she’s like, “Yeah, you have moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis.”
NICK (Natalie’s Fiancé):
Natalie has always been a confident person. She’s the whole package. Her plaques got worse from the time we started dating. I even asked, “Is it something about me?” just jokingly.
Dating is hard enough. You’re already putting yourself out there. And then you have this, like, red flag on you that you can’t hide. With my plaque psoriasis, I needed to cover myself. I needed to hold back because I didn’t want to bring attention to anything that I couldn’t cover. You don’t think about your forearm every day. But you do when you have plaque psoriasis. You see it, it’s very visible. When my doctor told me that she wanted to try light therapy, I was frustrated because nothing was working for me. It really is about working hand-in-hand with your doctor.
When my dermatologist and I discussed HUMIRA and through my own research discovered that it was the #1 prescribed biologic, my goal with HUMIRA was, “I wanted to look at myself in a bathing suit and not see plaque spots all over my stomach and my back and my chest and everything.”
In clinical trials, most adults who used HUMIRA for moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis saw 75% skin clearance, and the majority of people were clear or almost clear in just 4 months. Your results may vary. HUMIRA can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. Serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened; as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure. Before treatment, get tested for TB. Tell your doctor if you’ve been to areas where certain fungal infections are common, and if you’ve had TB, hepatitis B, are prone to infections, or have flu-like symptoms or sores. Don’t start HUMIRA if you have an infection.
I saw significant, like, reduced size of plaques, and I mean, that was just like the heavens opened up. Another month goes by and everything’s smaller. Meeting new people has become fun.
And, I feel like I can be the center of attention. I can go and sing…sing a song. And I can get on stage… and wear a short-sleeved shirt or a halter-top and know that people are just listening to me singing. They’re not wondering what’s on my skin.
When Nick and I got in our pool over the summer, he like, kind of said, he was like, “Look at your skin” and I was like, “I know, it’s crazy.” Clear on my stomach and my back and I felt so excited, like we’re here.