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Read Aby Maraño's Empowering Message On Psoriasis

Aby said, ‘My confidence is greater than my insecurities.’

Star volleyball player Aby Maraño proudly showed off her skin in an Instagram post on April 11. Aby, who has psoriasis, had an empowering message to those who have the same condition.

In her post, Aby said, “I know most psoriasis patients don’t have the courage to show their skin. There are times that I feel uncomfortable too, but my confidence is greater than my insecurities.” 

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin and manifests as red, flaky, crusty patches of skin with silvery scales. It can affect any part of the body and occurs when skin cells are replaced at a faster pace than usual. It is not a contagious disease and symptoms can be managed by moisturizing and reducing stress. In the Philippines, psoriasis affects about 2 million people.

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Aby said, “Every day is a battle. I gotta fight, ‘cause if I don’t, I might just stop playing. Simple psoriasis might lead to psoriatic arthritis that may really affect my condition in playing and I definitely don’t want that to happen.”

Aby is trying to break the stigma that comes with psoriasis. She urged people that if you know someone with psoriasis, give them a hug. Aby also reminded that the only contagious thing you can spread is kindness. Ending her note with an empowering tone, she said, “I am Aby Maraño. I have psoriasis, but psoriasis [doesn’t] have me.”

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Aby is a two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player in the UAAP Season 74 and 75, and was team captain of the De La Salle University Lady Spikers. She currently plays as a middle-hitter for the F2 Logistics club.

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