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Living Longer & Better With Lupus

Dr. Donald Thomas, Jr. was the Keynote Presenter at our annual Lupus Education Conference in St. Louis on September 28, 2019.
Dr. Thomas is the author of the highly acclaimed patient education book "The Lupus Encyclopedia: a comprehensive guide for patients and families". He is past chair of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the Lupus Foundation of America Midatlantic Chapter, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences in Bethesda MD, and is in private practice in Greenbelt, MD. 
Dr. Thomas shared  the most recent medical knowledge on positive steps that patients can take to better control their lupus and improve their quality of life and live longer. We were asked by many people who were unable to attend the conference to provide a recording of this presentation. We recorded it using an iPad so the quality isn’t professional but if you turn up the volume it works well.
This is a must watch for people who are affected by lupus as it give important information about living well with the disease.
The Gut-Lupus Link: How Gut Bacteria May Impact Disease Development and Activity
New research findings offer interesting insights around the potential gut-lupus connection. The study’s results indicate people with lupus have reduced species diversity in their guts, meaning they have fewer types or strains of bacteria than those without lupus. In fact, the study’s subjects with higher disease activity (more severe or frequent flares) had the fewest types of bacteria species present.
Study Finds Blood Levels of Plaquenil May Be Important Indicator of Eye Disease Risk 
New research finds that measuring blood levels of the medication hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) in people with lupus may be an effective way to predict risk of retinopathy, a disease which results in impaired or complete loss of vision. 
The Sister Brew 
Article ImageThank you to everyone who attended the Sister Brew hosted by Carmen Dangerfield and Gloriana Pack. The event raised over $2,000 to benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter. The tea included a spoken word & music presentation by Floyd Boykin, Jr. and a Keynote Presentation by Cynthia Fleck, PhD, MBA, BSN, RN. 
Participants enjoyed delicious treats and tea and voted on their favorite hats. Jami Dolby was our Mistress of Ceremonies. 
Photo credit: Ms. Ronya Williams 
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Purple is the powerful color we wear to raise awareness of lupus. So put on a splash of purple and join us for a fun and inspiring evening that raises funds to support The Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland Chapter’s programs of research, education, support and advocacy. 
Event Features
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Silent & Live Auctions
  • Jewelry Raffle
  • Wine & Whiskey Pull
  • Gourmet Dinner
  • Music & Dancing
  • Presentation of the Lupus Leadership Award to Ann & Aaron Jackson
Tickets on sale soon!
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Facebook Fundraising to Support Lupus
Article ImageDid you know that Facebook will donate $5 to every newly created birthday fundraiser posted on a US user's account? PLUS Facebook eliminated transaction fees for nonprofits, so 100% of donations made through the platform go directly to the organization.The money will come from the Facebook Donations Fund to help nonprofits boost fundraising. 
Do you have a birthday coming up? Please consider creating a birthday fundraiser to support the Heartland Chapter or create a fundraiser on your Facebook page and in just a few clicks your friends can support our chapter without leaving Facebook.
Resources & Information
Heartland Chapter Resources
Check out our new and expanding list of resources on our new website, including assistance with prescriptions, housing, transportation and more. If you know of a helpful resource, let us know. 
Toolkit for Caregivers
This toolkit is designed to provide you with guidance, support, and advice, whether you have been a caregiver for just a few days, or for several years. 
The Expert Series
The Expert Series is a new educational video series featuring empowering presentations from leading lupus experts with a focus on helping you live well with lupus. Each month, lupus experts will offer invaluable insight on a variety of important topics, providing you with the knowledge you need to better manage the disease.  
Find a Lupus Clinical Trial
Participating in research can bring us closer to finding new treatments and improve the lives of people affected by lupus. We’ve partnered with Antidote, a digital health company, to bring you the latest in clinical trial matching technology. Start searching today to find a trial that matches your needs and interests quickly and easily.

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