Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I'm off to the Golden Dome!


Despite Lupus is hitting the road again - back to the cornfields of Indiana. Not for another hometown visit this time. Rather, I'll be touching down in lovely South Bend, IN, home of my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.

I'm so excited to be returning to campus. It's been a long time since I've been back - but the bookstore is welcoming me with open arms. They've stocked my book, open their doors for a book signing, and extended the welcome to include a "Meet and Greet" in the bookstore cafe immediately following the signing. I couldn't ask for more! Here are the details. If you're in town, I'd love to see you!

WHEN: Thursday, Nov 19th, 4-6pm (Meet and Greet from 6-7pm)
WHERE: Hammes Notre Dame Campus Bookstore, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.
WHAT: Despite Lupus book signing - meet the author and chat with LFA Indiana President Phyllis Simko, who will be joining me for the event. Oooh! A celebrity!

I'm finding it odd to return to campus under such different circumstances. Sure, I'm married now, and I'll be bringing baby doll Deirdre (suited up in her ND attire, no doubt!), but what's stranger still, is that I'll be going back to promote a cause that I hadn't even heard of when I was in school. Today, lupus is a common household term for me, one that I've defined and described thousands of times. (I've even written a book about it!) It makes me all the more motivated to return to campus, to help spread awareness, educate and inform others about this chronic, often debilitating illness. Most importantly, I'm proud to share the message that life can go on, despite lupus!

Pass along the word to those of you with friends and family in the Northern Indiana area. I'm also doing a luncheon event in Michigan City on Saturday, Nov 21st. Not sure if there's still room for that one - but if you're in the area, I'd love to hear from you!

4 comments:

Sharon said...

Hi Sara! This is Sharon Christie. I met you at a lupus workshop in Baltimore a few months ago. I am the lawyer who attended because some of my disability clients have lupus. I am a Domer too! Graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1986. Have a great trip!

mellzie19 said...

That's great! I am a college student with a blog about having lupus in college. It's frustrating how much it is not recognized in college. This is prime time for it to hit and I know there are other people my age with it out there, but it seems no one understands that people have illnesses that can be severe and chronic outside of cancer and other more talked about diseases.

Sara Gorman said...

Sharon - I remember you! I was so impressed that you'd taken the time to attend the workshop - all in the name of understanding your clients better. How wonderful!

The title of this post was going to be, "Goooo Irish! Buyyyy Despite Lupus!", but I thought I'd just chant it to myself...thanks for chiming in!

Sara Gorman said...

Mellzie - Thanks for commenting! Your blog is great - there can never be enough lupus blogs out there, particularly those so focused on your age group. Lupus in college IS stinky...hope you're surviving those nasty fluish symptoms and staying in bed. That's the best place to be!

Take care - SG