Cyndi Lauper

FRESH: ‘Hope’ – Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper is back with a brand new single, “Hope”, which comes with a personal message.

by Christopher Smith

Novartis announced in November it had partnered with Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and activist Cyndi Lauper to launch PsO at Work, a national campaign to bring to life the impact psoriasis can have in the workplace and provide actionable tips for people living with the condition. Affecting more than eight million Americans, psoriasis is a common chronic, inflammatory condition that can cause substantial negative impacts on everyday life for patients.

People with psoriasis face unique challenges in the workplace, with nearly 60 percent reporting it to be a large problem in their everyday life.2 PsO at Work aims to empower patients to feel comfortable speaking up about how psoriasis impacts them in the workplace and how they manage and deal with it. “Whether you are a performer, teacher or office manager, psoriasis can be a challenge at work and impact your ability to perform at your best,” said Lauper. “Learning to figure out how to manage my psoriasis has allowed me to continue doing what I love while still standing out in the crowd – but not because of my psoriasis”.

Lauper will share her own PsO at Work experiences and highlight select patient stories on the campaign website, PsOatWork.com. Content will help address workplace challenges and spark conversation within the community about how patients can communicate their needs and advocate for solutions to balancing work and keeping psoriasis symptoms under control. “By sharing my PsO at Work story, I hope others living with the disease will understand they are not alone, feel inspired to speak up about their psoriasis, and get the help they need. We can all learn a lot from each other”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!