A mom’s protective instinct for her children comes from her fierce love for them. It is a good thing to be very observant and strict, especially when it comes to the health and safety of our little ones, but this is not always the case.
Sometimes, a mother’s overprotectiveness can result in a hurtful gesture to other Moms.
Ashley Nagy from Arizona is a mother of two beautiful kids but unlike most moms, her daughter, Charlie, was diagnosed with psoriasis at only 2 months old.
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, itchy scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp. It is thought to be an immune system problem that causes the skin to regenerate at faster than normal rates. In the most common type of psoriasis, known as plaque psoriasis, this rapid turnover of cells results in scales and red patches.
Little Charlie was only a couple of months old when doctors concluded that what she has is psoriasis. And because of her obvious skin condition, people especially mothers are fearful of getting near her, thinking that the sweet girl’s disease is contagious.
As her daughter grows older, Ashley has learned how to manage Charlie’s skin disorder thru a gluten-free and dairy-free diet. Her skin flare-ups have gotten lesser, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t totally having outbreaks.
People still move away from the little girl whenever she and Ashley go outside.
Strangers talk about her and moms drag their little ones away from Charlie. This hurt Ashley’s feelings but she knew this all roots from the people’s lack of awareness about the disease.
Ashley knew she needed to teach people about psoriasis and that it is totally safe to be around or even next to someone like Charlie. She came up with a neat trick to show other people what they need to know to understand the disease better.
“If I’m pushing her around in a stroller and see people staring at her, looking at her in pity or trying to move their children away, I’ll lightly touch her face and kiss her on the cheek,” said Ashley.
She cuddles and kisses Charlie, showing others that there’s no reason to be afraid of her daughter’s condition.
Ashley does not even try to hide her little girl’s skin disorder. She is a beautiful girl and she wanted the world to know about that, with or without psoriasis.
“I don’t put her in turtlenecks or hide her, I have her in shorts and am not ashamed of who she is and walk with pride. I know she’s beautiful.”
Their unicorn baby
Because it is rare for kids to be diagnosed with psoriasis at such a very young age like Charlie, Ashley, and Andrew Nagy fondly call her their “unicorn baby”. What a positive way to see their situation, right?
By sharing her daughter’s story, Ashley dreams of opening the eyes of people around the world about the reality of the skin disease at there is no reason for people with this condition to be treated differently.
“I want people to see that even though she has psoriasis they don’t need to be afraid to touch and love her,” Ashley told Inside Edition. “I hope they see she’s not contagious and are more compassionate. She’s bubbly, funny, very sweet and at times she’s freaking hilarious.”
We believe that Charlie is a very sweet and beautiful little girl, and her skin condition should not stop people around her from seeing her true beauty. Thanks to her mom and her simple but effective way of showing others just how amazing her daughter is behind her red patches.
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