LFA DMV Lupus Summit in Baltimore, MD - Saturday, Sept 13th - don't miss it!

Looking forward to setting up shop at the upcoming LFA DMV Annual Maryland Summit on Saturday, Sept 13th! The Pillbags will be there - looking bright and cheery as usual, and I'll be there, anxious to catch up on the latest and greatest regarding research, treatment options, and symptom management techniques in the world of lupus. Hope you can make it, too!

I'll have signed copies of Despite Lupus available as well. I never have enough copies on hand for this event, but I'll be bringing a slew of books hot off the press. Feel free to stop by and flip through a copy!

Here are the details for the event on the 13th. Be sure to stop in.

27th Annual Maryland Lupus Summit

Join us for a comprehensive program that allows you to learn more about living with lupus and connect with members of the lupus community to learn about ways to enhace life with lupus.
Saturday, September 13
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee      
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Summit
Location: John Hopkins University- Turner Auditorium
720 Rutland Avenue Baltimore, MD

Opening Plenary Session

Treatment Updates
Michelle Petri, MD, MPH 

A great deal is happening in lupus-related research. This presentation will update participants on recent research developments and their impact on those affected by lupus.  

General Sessions

Warm-Up with Tai Chi
Eric Johnson

Lupus 101
Rachel Kaiser, M.D., MPH
Have you been recently diagnosed with lupus or know someone who has? Perhaps you wonder if you're at risk or want a refresher on the basics of lupus, its symptoms and treatments. Dr. Kaiser covers the basic questions-- who, what, how. 

Lupus and Navigating the Disability Process
Tai Venuti, MPH, APR

Learn everything you need to know about applying for disability. 

Lupus and Men
Howard Hauptman, M.D.

Lupus is often portrayed as a woman's disease, but it is important to realize that ten percent of lupus patients are males and there is information and support available to help male patients better manage lupus.

Memory Problems in SLE: A Common but Treatable Problem
Donald Thomas Jr., MD, FACP, FACR, CCD

Many people with lupus describe confusion, fatigue, forgetfulness, distractibility and difficulty expressing their thoughts- what is referred as cognitive impairment. Learn more about how lupus can impact your brain, or cognitive functioning, and what treatment options are available.

Lupus and the Skin
Christine Dewitt, M.D.

Approximately two-thirds of people with lupus will develop some type of skin involvement.  Learn about the forms of skin lupus, treatments for cutaneous lupus and other skin problems that can occur when you have lupus.

Lupus and Your Eyes
Jonathan Solomon, M.D.

Many people living with lupus are concerned about eye damage caused from plaquenil toxicity.  Recent data reveals an increase of retinal toxicity among lupus patients being treated with high doses of plaquenil.

Designing a Lifestyle to Live Well with Lupus
Lorena Lues Wellness Group Trainer and Certified Holistic Health Coach

Maintaining a diet and exercise routine is difficult for anyone, especially while managing lupus symptoms.  Lorena will provide helpful ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle while managing your illness. 

Afternoon Warm-up Yoga
Lorena Lues Wellness Group Trainer and Certified Holistic Health Coach

Closing Plenary Session

Lupus and the Heart
Vikram Raya, M.D.

Lupus patients are at increased risk of experiencing cardiovascular complications at an earlier age than the general population. This session will address the importance of cardiovascular screening and what you need to know to live a heart-healthy lifestyle and reduce your risk of cardiovascular complications such as heart attacks and strokes in systemic lupus.


The Summit features a variety of vendors that will be onsite throughout the day featuring products to enhance your health. (This is where I come in! See you there!) 


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