Lupus Support Group: “Lupus Enlightenment”

By: Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter, Inc. Last Updated: February 10, 2011

lupusThe Lupus Foundation of America (LFA), Indiana Chapter, will host “Lupus Enlightenment” a health seminar at Spring Mill Health Campus, 101 West 87th Avenue, Merrillville, IN on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 2:00 p.m-4:15 p.m. Our guest speakers, Rev. Dr. Kyle Nash, Myrna Sarowitz, Psy.D and Dr. Vinay Reddy. The topics for discussion are “The Zen of Caregiving”, “Communicating - Feelings, Needs and Concerns” and “Preparing for a Doctor’s Visit”. While this session is designed for lupus patients and their family, anyone interested in learning more about improving their caregiver or communication skills is welcome to attend.

Light refreshments will be provided. This educational program is free of charge but space is limited. To confirm your attendance contact Phyllis Simko at 219/743-4826 or Phyllis@lupusindiana.org. Deadline to RSVP is Monday, February 21st.

Immediately following “Lupus Enlightenment” will be a reception to meet our new Chief Executive Officer, Jan Ferris. Jan is looking forward to meeting you and hearing your questions and suggestions. She will also share an overview for LFA Indiana Chapter for the remainder of 2011.

The LFA, Indiana Chapter has created this educational program for those living with lupus, as well as, their family members and caregivers. It is estimated that there are more than 3,000 people living with lupus in Lake and Porter Counties. “Lupus Enlightenment” is an educational opportunity providing a safe and professional forum for exchange of opinions, feelings and thoughts while coping with this very complicated illness.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease which can be destructive to any major organ or tissue in the body. The disease can be very unpredictable and is potentially fatal, yet no satisfactory treatment or cure exists. Approximately 1.5 million Americans and at least five million people worldwide have a form of lupus. Lupus strikes mostly females ages 15-44, although females and males of all ages can develop lupus, and African American women are 2-3 times more likely to develop lupus.

About the Lupus Foundation of America: The Lupus Foundation of America is the nation’s leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus by providing support services, and hope to all people affected by lupus. The LFA and its nationwide network of nearly 300 chapters and support groups, like the Indiana Chapter, conduct programs of research, education, and advocacy. The Indiana Chapter of the LFA serves more than 2,600 individuals and their families affected by lupus who live in 14 counties in the Northwest Indiana region, and throughout the state of Indiana.

For more information on the Indiana Chapter support groups, lupus, volunteer opportunities or the LFA, visit www.lupusindiana.org or call 800.948.8806.