Diane Talbert is a blogger, patient advocate and speaker for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. She presently writes for Creaky Joints, The Mighty, Medium, Health Union and Patient Rising. She has been feature in Arthritis Today, Everyday Health, Arthritis Foundation, Black Doctor. Org, New York Times, and Health Central.
She has spoken in front of the FDA about living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, was ask to be on a panel with several dermatologist as a patient advocate. She goes to Capitol Hill yearly to lobby and frequently speaks at Town Hall meetings.
Diane has been an active advocate for this disease for over a decade now. She ran a support group in the Maryland, DC and Virginia area for ten years. She is also a volunteer for several organizations and vows to help find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
She loves being a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a great husband (Alvin) who is her number one supporter. She has 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. Her oldest grandchild (Nikyla) is attending college at Alcorn State University and wants to become a dermatologist. Diane loves reading, writing and traveling.
Diane has had severe psoriasis since the age of 5. (1968) She was covered over 70% of her body for the first 40 years of her life. She has had psoriatic arthritis for 25 years, but just got diagnosis 12 years ago. She is presently seeing a pain management doctor for fibromyalgia, a rheumatologist for psoriatic arthritis and a dermatologist for psoriasis. Her goal is to stop the stigma associated with this disease.