World Psoriasis Day: Help Make It Happen

Heather J Durocher Health Guide
  • Ever feel like tweeting the President of the United States? Here's your chance.

     

    Throughout the past month, the National Psoriasis Foundation has been pushing for President Obama to proclaim Oct. 29, 2011 as World Psoriasis Day. Foundation leaders say asking the president to do this will bring attention to the serious physical and emotional impact of psoriasis for 7.5 million Americans and will give those of us dealing with the disease the consideration we deserve.

     

    I agree with this, which is why I signed my name to a petition requesting President Obama take this action. It's quick and easy to do online, and I encourage you to do it, too, before the Oct. 26 deadline.

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    Why not shout your support from the rooftops, too? Well, virtually-speaking anyway. That's what I plan to do. After all, it's pretty simple to compose a tweet on Twitter. The Foundation even offers a sample tweet if you're unsure how to craft those 140 characters. Sample tweet: @BarackObama Please recognize the serious impact of #psoriasis on 7.5 million Americans and proclaim Oct. 29 as World Psoriasis Day.

     

    The NPF also suggests calling the president to ask that he proclaim Oct. 29 as World Psoriasis Day, and provides the following talking points (the President's number, by the way: 202-456-1111):

     

    Talking points for your call

    • On behalf of approximately 7.5 million Americans who live with psoriasis, I respectfully request that President Obama proclaim October 29, World Psoriasis Day.
    • Psoriasis, the most common autoimmune disease in the nation, is a non-contagious, chronic and painful disease for which there is no cure.
    • People with psoriasis have an elevated risk for other serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and psoriatic arthritis.
    • World Psoriasis Day exists to bring attention to the serious physical and emotional impact of psoriasis on the individual and to give those dealing with the disease the consideration they deserve.
    • Thank you for your time and consideration of my request.

    I hope you'll join me in helping advocate for this proclamation. Psoriasis, the most common autoimmune disease in the nation, is a non-contagious, chronic, and painful condition for which there is no cure. Requiring lifelong medical treatment, psoriasis appears on the skin, most often as red, scaly patches that itch, bleed. People with psoriasis have an elevated risk for other serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and psoriatic arthritis.

     

Published On: October 21, 2011