Did you know that May is the LFA’s* dedicated Lupus Awareness Month (LAM)? As a result, I’ve decided to start a Discover series to spotlight my favorite brands who are also supporters or advocates of lupus. I am a brand loyalist through and through, though I love finding new brands who have beliefs which align with mine. This is not to say the companies must write monthly checks to LFA (or some other lupus non-profit), but if they so much as mention LAM I might be more than simply intrigued.
Stay out of the sun, protect yourself, and love the skin you’re in.
*For more information about lupus, please visit the Lupus Foundation of America’s homepage. www.lupus.org
The biggest lupus event of the year is here! On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Lupus Foundation will present the 27th annual Lupus Summit for Maryland, in Baltimore. This event features a day of lectures, activities, and information for lupus patients and their families. The summit is free but registration is required; click here for details. The renowned Dr. Michelle Petri will be speaking first (at 9:00 am) and I would encourage anyone in Maryland interested in this event not to miss her talk on treatments for lupus.
For those who do not know, Dr. Petri is one of the leading lupus rheumatologists in the world. She is a Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She attended Harvard University for Medical School and currently serves as the Director of Johns Hopkins Lupus Center. At the Lupus Center she leads the research to better understand the relationship between systemic lupus erythematosus and morbidity and mortality. She published a study which linked vitamin D deficiency to lupus patients which effectively determined all lupus patients must take vitamin D supplements, usually for the rest of their life. For more information on this study, click here.
In addition to the likes of Dr. Petri, the event will also host a series of other sessions which include but aren’t limited to: lupus and the skin, lupus and men, lifestyle and lupus, and tai chi, to name a few. Lunch will also be served but you need to pre-order when you register. The cost for the box lunch is $10.00. The deadline to order the box lunch is September 10, 2014. Pre-order the lunch here. Alternatively, you can bring a bagged lunch; however, buying lunch at the event is not an option.
I received word of an upcoming seminar on Lupus which will be held in Los Angeles, CA on June 28, 2014 by the Lupus Foundation of America. Sadly, being all the way in Baltimore, I unfortunately can’t attend. Please help spread the word; I’ve listed the information for the event below and the link to RSVP. If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Gray of the Lupus Foundation. Space is limited so if you’re interested get your tickets now.
Our speakers will be Dr. Maureen A. McMahon, Rheumatologist at UCLA Medical Center and Jeanne Melvin from Solutions for Wellness. Maureen and Jeanne will be speaking on the topics of lupus treatments, living with lupus, and .improving sleep by managing fatigue and pain. In addition there will be a Q&A session.
The event is free but parking is $6 and carpooling is encouraged. For more information and to RSVP please visit here.