Lance Bass, who suffers from psoriatic arthritis, wants people to recognize the symptoms of the disease early on. In an interview with People, the singer revealed that when he first experienced symptoms, he ignored them and thought they were “normal” and caused by dancing. Due to his lack of knowledge on psoriatic arthritis at the time, he blamed all of his symptoms, which included intense joint pain, on dancing until things got worse.
As a result, he decided to create the Double Take campaign with Amgen to help raise awareness and stop others from doing the same thing. Bass created a dance with choreographer SJ Bleau that helps kids and adults recognize the tell-tale signs of the condition for an early diagnosis. “It’s a dance where you’ll recognize the signs and conditions through your nails, your knees, your hips, and your head, and we just want to make sure people take a double take,” Bass told People. “If you feel those symptoms, make sure you talk to your doctor about it.”
Bass has now managed to get his psoriatic arthritis under control and is beyond grateful. He told E! News, “I’m so glad that I figured this out before I had kids,” he said. “I really got this under control, it’s so nice that I can hold my kids the way I want.” According to John Hopkins Medical, there is no cure for psoriatic arthritis, but treatment plans can keep this condition under control.