Ted Danson is among the most recent celebrities to publicly discuss his psoriatic arthritis diagnosis. By taking this courageous step, he has made the psoriatic arthritis (PsA) room bigger, contributing to awareness and discussion of psoriatic arthritis around the world and helping others with PsA feel less alone.
Danson said the diagnosis of PsA prompted him to start taking better care of himself, noting in one 2020 interview, “I feel empowered … that empowerment induces health and well-being.”
A plan to take control of PsA is a common topic on MyPsoriasisTeam, where members frequently discuss how knowledge of the disease leads to more strength over it. “I feel empowered — I can actually do something to fight back against what this disease has done to me and others,” one member wrote. Another said, “Today, I feel empowered. Although it was difficult to get out of bed and walk down the stairs, I did it!”
Since MyPsoriasisTeam launched in 2015, we have grown to become 91,000 members strong — that's a big room! Just as Ted Danson's announcement amplifies the voice of those with psoriatic arthritis, each new member on MyPsoriasisTeam makes our community stronger.
Without a PsA community, it can be easy to feel isolated, like you're the only one struggling with joint pain, stiffness, and other psoriatic arthritis symptoms. Whether you have spoken directly with other members or not, by joining MyPsoriasisTeam and reading shared experiences, you have become part of the community.
Here are a few easy actions you can take to welcome and support other members:
Together we make a stronger community!
On MyPsoriasisTeam, over 91,000 people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis come together to ask questions, give advice, and share their stories with others who understand life with PsA.
Are you living with psoriatic arthritis? Share your experiences in the comments below, or start a conversation by posting on your Activities page.