Cyndi Lauper new song ‘Hope’ raises awareness about Psoriasis!
We still love the woman who felt like a “misfit,” growing up and she’s as inspiring as ever, she’s released 9 studio albums.
Did you know Cyndi Lauper’s new song “Hope,” was inspired by her battle with Psoriasis?
“125 million people worldwide—2 to 3 percent of the total population—have psoriasis, according to the World Psoriasis Day consortium. Studies show that between 10 and 30 percent of people with psoriasis also develop psoriatic arthritis.”
Lauper opened up about being on tour with Cher when it first started to flare. She described it being a “nasty rash.” And regardless of all the remedies she tried, none of her efforts helped the rash clear. She spent years covering up and fighting this autoimmune disease. This disease is not one that you can go to the pharmacy for and pick up a script that will be affordable and you’re cured, it’s been calculated that care costs for patient cost $11.25 billion yearly. The disease can be so debilitating that a patient may end up missing 26 days of a work in a year due to the illness.
According to EveryDayHealth a person who has a battle with psoriasis may end up battling another autoimmune disease.
“Of the 21 autoimmune diseases studied, 17 were found to be linked to psoriasis, including alopecia areata, celiac disease, scleroderma, lupus, and Sjogren’s syndrome. The autoimmune disease most strongly associated with psoriasis was rheumatoid arthritis (RA).”
She may be the voice behind our favorite hits including “Time After Time, True Colors,” and Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” Lauper says she spent a lot of time in bed. She opened up to CBS at their local station about the battle against psoriasis.
“Let’s face it, when you’re sick you feel powerless. I laid there and it wasn’t getting any better. And if it wasn’t for Harvey Fierstein calling, saying, “Christina, where are my lyrics?” I think I would have just laid there.”
She even does commercials for a drug that helped her find relief called “Cosentyx.” Another autoimmune drug known to help fight these disease like mine (Crohn’s Disease) are Stelera, and Humira.
“Stelara costs $7,661 per injection for patients weighing less than 220 pounds, J&J told Bloomberg, with a 6-dose treatment course for the initial year of therapy ringing in at $45,966.”
But not only does she do commercials to raise awareness, she tours the country pitching the “See Me,” campaign, encouraging others with psoriasis to seek treatment. It also helps them know they are not alone in this battle.
“You can manage this thing, don’t let it manage you, you gotta win,” she told the station.
Lauper wrote a song called “Hope” inspired by her journey, and other psoriasis patients she’s met.
“I swore I wouldn’t write a song called ‘Hope.’ What am I going to do write a song called ‘Hope’? Soon as I started writing that’s what came out. I thought to myself, you lug head, just do it,” Lauper also opened up about the secondary issues that psoriasis can cause like joint pain and stiffness.
While the disease is now under control with medication, she has not stopped raising awareness. One thing many people don’t know she has also fought Lyme Disease, which left her with vocal cord paralysis. She hasn’t let the disease stop her from following her dreams and helping others. Cyndi Lauper is a huge LGBTQ advocate and has been doing all she can to help end youth homelessness for the LGBTQ community. Phenomenal don’t you agree?
But she has yet to give up what she loves to do, sing. The gorgeous lady is now on tour with Rod Stewart.
Do you battle an autoimmune disease? How has it affected your life? Sound off in the comments below!
Cyndi Lauper on TV Commercial in USA 8-8-17