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LeAnn Rimes Shares Her Personal Struggle With Psoriasis in Nation's Capital
Date:3/11/2009

ints. Psoriatic arthritis can be debilitating if left untreated.

"When I was diagnosed two years ago with psoriasis, my doctor gave me a tube of cream to treat the few lesions on my elbows and knees and sent me home," Krafsur said. "Within a few months, 50 percent of my body was covered with itchy, red and bleeding sores. The pain was so overwhelming, sometimes I slept on the floor because the cool tiles were my only relief."

Krafsur was a typical preteen prior to her diagnosis. She excelled at school, had lots of friends and was involved in activities such as soccer and ballet. As the lesions proliferated, her peers teased her and left her to eat lunch alone. Her grades started to fall because she couldn't concentrate due to the burning and itch of her psoriasis and she could no longer participate in extracurricular activities.

Fortunately, Krafsur has found a treatment regimen that works for her and her life is returning to normal. Because of her experience with these disabling diseases, she is dedicated to finding a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis through the creation of Alyssa's Fund, which was launched today in D.C. Alyssa's Fund is a campaign in partnership with the National Psoriasis Foundation that aims to raise $1 million to support immunology research and, ultimately, find a cure for psoriatic diseases.

On Capitol Hill, Rimes called for $1.5 million in funding to create a national psoriasis patient registry and encouraged members of Congress to co-sponsor the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Research, Cure, and Care Act, the only comprehensive, psoriasis legislation. This bill calls on the National Institutes of Health to expand biomedical research on psoriatic diseases and asks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish a patient registry to track the impact of the disease. Additionally, it calls for a federal summit on psoriasis and a formal report by the Ins
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