Giorgia Lanuzza’s father died when she was just 13. He was tragically killed in a car accident. As she struggled with her grief, red itchy spots began to form on her skin.
As time passed, Giorgia’s condition got worse. It continued until 97% of her skin was covered in red itchy bumps and lumps.
Giorgia was diagnosed with a severe case of psoriasis.
Non-curable and unpredictable, psoriasis is an irritating and unrelenting skin disorder that occurs when skin cells multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. It can occur everywhere on the skin, from the elbows and knees to the torso and scalp.
All through her teenage years, she was the victim of cruel taunting and bullying. Strangers stared at her in public and classmates made fun of her. Giorgia says she felt like a “freak,” and boyfriends avoided touching her because they worried her condition was contagious.
Now a 25-year-old photographer, Giorgia has endured 11 years with psoriasis. But after years of feeling ashamed about her “ugly” skin, Giorgia has come to see her condition in a whole new light.
She’s embraced her condition and doesn’t feel shame over the red spots that caused so much suffering when she was a teen.
Little Things reports:
When she was 13 years old, Giorgia Lanuzza lost her beloved father. He was tragically killed in a road accident during the most formative time in her life.
In the wake of her father’s death, Giorgia noticed changes in her skin that didn’t fall under the category of normal, pre-teen puberty. In the midst of her grief and stress, red itchy spots formed on her skin.