My name is Lyndie Dempsey. I was born in Australia in the early 70's and lived there until my 20's. I was diagnosed with plaque psoriasis when I was eight. Although I went through many treatments, nothing really worked. I eventually realised that, in my case, the hot and sunny Australian climate was a big factor, and decided to move to England, where I find the cool climate is much more comfortable, and my psoriasis is not as bad. I return to Australia in the Southern winter, so I have the best of both worlds.
I am a carer by profession, specialising in looking after deaf-blind people, and write in my spare time. My first book was a travel guide for disabled people. My life working with disabled people has made me realise how lucky I am in comparison, and my psoriasis is a minor thing compared with the problems others have to overcome,
The idea for writing a series about psoriasis came from reading a post on Facebook, where a young child was embarrassed about his. I was myself when I was small, but tried to make the best of it. As for making Soria my "sis", that is because she is almost always with me, like a real sister. Also, like a real one, she can sometimes be a real pain, but in other ways can be a real help to me. And like a real sister, I know that one day she will leave, and, funnily enough, I will miss her when she goes.
I aimed the series at children hoping that some of my own experience might help them cope with psoriasis, and to show that everything can have a positive side if you look for it. It certainly doesn't have to ruin your life. I am happily married, have many friends and a great work and social life. Soria gets to enjoy them too.
Soria (My Sis) loves Winter.
by Lyndie Dempsey
Soria (my sis) is different to everyone else. She is unique. She is not human or an animal or a mineral. She doesn't always like what I eat or do or what clothes I wear. She is my sis. I am proud of her and how she deals with different situations. She has 4 sisters that have their own characteristics. Soria (my sis) full name is PSORIASIS
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