5-Time Olympian Dara Torres Shares Her Psoriasis Story Through The Show More Of You Photo Campaign

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There are nearly 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis, a chronic, inflammatory disease of the immune system; and up to 30% of those people with psoriasis may eventually develop psoriatic arthritis, a potentially debilitating disease involving joint inflammation that affects an estimated 1 million people in the United States.

The many faces of psoriatic disease, which includes psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, all have inspiring, and often surprising, stories to tell. Dara Torres, one of the fastest female swimmers in history, is among them.

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Having lived with plaque psoriasis for nearly two decades, she is showing her true self and sharing her story alongside others living with psoriatic disease as part of an empowering awareness campaign.

The SHOW MORE OF YOU campaign, now in its second year, aims to shine a light on psoriatic disease and celebrate the beauty of those who live with it. It unveils a powerful, new collection of portraits featuring people living with psoriatic disease.

Shot by world-renowned photographer Martin Schoeller, who has photographed a diverse range of subjects including world leaders and celebrities, the collection uncovers stories of strength and inspiration and includes notable names like Dara Torres, former professional football player and sports analyst Mark Schlereth who is living with psoriatic arthritis, as well as everyday people living with psoriatic disease.

I spoke with Dara to talk more about her personal health journey, and her involvement in the campaign. Dr. Shane Chapman, Dermatologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, joined her to discuss psoriatic disease, its impact, and ways to manage it.

 

Take a look below.

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To learn more, visit the campaign website, showmoreofyou.com.

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More About Dara Torres:

The fastest female swimmer in American history, Dara Torres’ success started early in middle school and continued at the University of Florida where she earned the maximum 28 possible NCAA All-American swimming awards. In the 1990s, Dara started noticing red, irritable, flaky patches on her elbows and back that seemed to be aggravated by stress. But Dara didn’t let that keep her out of a bathing suit or out of the pool. Diagnosed with plaque psoriasis, Dara worked with her doctor to manage her psoriasis symptoms. Her commitment to her passion and courage to face up to challenges contributed to her success.

Dara became the only American to swim in five Olympics, and in 2008 at the age of 41, she was the oldest swimmer ever to make the U.S. Olympic team. Sports Illustrated even named her one of the “Top Female Athletes of the Decade,” but Dara is more than just an athlete. She has authored two books including a New York Times best seller, Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-week Program and Age is Just a Number. Today, Dara is considered one of the most prominent females in sports and is part of the rotating panel of women discussing hot topics and sports news on CBS Sports’ all-female weekly sports show “We Need To Talk.”

 

More About Dr. Shane Chapman:

Shane Chapman, MD, MBA is a Dermatologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He currently serves as the Section Chief of Dermatology, and Associate Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Dr. Chapman initiated the clinical trials program in the section of dermatology, which has completed over 55 dermatology trials to date. He also developed the Laser and Light Device program in the section, which now has 11 laser and light based machines used for patient care and research.

He has co-authored a best-selling dermatology textbook, Skin Disease, which is in 7 languages and in its 4th edition. His clinical research includes immunotherapy for melanoma, photodynamic therapy and psoriasis therapy. He also serves as a consultant to Royal Philips Healthcare Division and Digital Accelerator and for Global Rescue. Dr. Chapman received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his dermatology residency at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and has been on the faculty ever since. He has also received an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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