When award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein found herself waking up with debilitating stiffness every morning, she wasn’t sure what to do about it. At first, she thought it was simply a byproduct of getting older. However, as the pain in her joints progressed, she realized that something was wrong. Finally, at the behest of her sister, she decided to see a rheumatologist. He confirmed that the “SoFlo Taste” host has psoriatic arthritis, also known as PsA.
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As a business owner, restaurateur, and television personality, Bernstein wasn’t about to let her condition affect her thriving culinary career. She opened up to WALA about her treatment plan with Dr. Carlos Sesin, her rheumatologist. During the interview, she revealed her most important piece of advice for anyone struggling with health concerns.
“To advocate for yourself, just like I did,” she said. “To not stop until you find out what you have.”
Dr. Sesin agreed, pointing out that, when it comes to PsA, it’s better to start treatment sooner rather than later. Waiting too long can lead to “irreversible joint damage.”
Thanks to her treatment, Bernstein is able to continue doing what she loves: sharing her cuisine with the world! In fact, she’s been helping others who are struggling to live their best lives due to their PsA symptoms. According to MM+M, the celebrity chef has partnered with drug company Novartis to create the PsAvor Life campaign. Through seminars and web videos, Bernstein is giving out her best cooking tips for people suffering from joint pain and stiffness.
“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to host a #PsAvorLife cooking demo where I was able to share my #PsoriaticArthritis story and journey with COSENTYX® (secukinumab) all while whipping up one of my favorite dishes,” wrote Bernstein in an Instagram post. “I loved sharing culinary tips that have helped me in the kitchen when managing my PsA symptoms.”
Watch the video below to see Chef Michelle Bernstein share one of her recipes!
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