Dec. 20, 2013—Dec. 31, 2014 |

Special Topic Sessions

Special Topic Session: How to Manage Different Aspects of Lupus with Guest Speaker Dr. Thomas

APR. 14, 2014 7:00PM | BEL AIR, MD
This session will provide participants with tangible actions one can take to improve their health. Dr. Thomas will explain how to manage different aspect of lupus and the rationale behind each recommendation. Participants will leave feeling confident about making decisions to enhance their health.

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Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
520 Upper Chesapeake Drive
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
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Special Topic Session: Nutritional Approaches to Feeling Better with Lupus

APR.15, 2014 7:00 PM| ALEXANDRIA, VA
Our Nutritional Approaches to Feeling Better with Lupus session will teach you helpful information about ways to improve your diet.  While there is no “lupus diet,” some foods are helpful in easing inflammation, and others can exacerbate symptoms.  Come increase your nutritional knowledge, and learn how to make smart nutritional choices.

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Beatley Library: Small Conference Room
5005 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22304
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Special Topic Session: "But You Don't Look Sick" Learning to Say No

APR. 22, 2014 7:00 PM| BALTIMORE, MD
Our “But You Don’t Look Sick,” Learning to Say No session will teach you how to say “no” and avoid exhaustion.  Since lupus symptoms are often invisible, other people may not truly understand the implications of lupus.  Come learn how to say “no” to doing too much, and keep yourself from feeling tired and overwhelmed.

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Mt. Lebanon Church
2812 Reisterstown Rd
Baltimore, MD 21215
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Special Topic Session: Social Security Disability with Guest Speaker Sharon Christie

MAY 7, 2014 6:30 PM| COLUMBIA, MD
Learn everything you need to know about applying for disability. Do you qualify, when should you apply, how long does it take? Sharon Christie, a nurse-attorney will answer all of your questions on this complex issue including what the application process entails and how to overcome common challenges.

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The Wellness Center at Howard County General Hospital
10710 Charter Drive
#100
Columbia, MD 21044
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Special Topic: Coping with the Heat and Sun

MAY 10, 2014 10:00 AM| RICHMOND, VA
Our Coping with the Heat and Sun session will provide you with ways to avoid overheating and managing sun exposure.  Sun exposure in lupus patients can both cause and worsen a flare so learning ways to minimize exposure and protect your skin is important.  This discussion will provide tips and tricks to enjoy summer activities while living with lupus.

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Bon Secours Saint Marys Hospital
5801 Bremo Road
Richmond, VA 23226
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Special Topic Session: The Masks We Hide Behind

JUN 4, 2014 6:30 PM| RESTON, VA
Our Masks We Hide Behind session will help you to rid yourself of the unnecessary “masks” you use in your daily life.   People often hide behind “masks” of strength to protect themselves, and prevent others from seeing them as vulnerable.  Come learn how to see yourself in a positive light, feel comfortable removing your “mask,” and sharing your true self with others.

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Reston Community Center
2310 Colts Neck Rd
Reston, VA 20191
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Special Topic Session: Coping with the Heat and Sun

JUN  7, 2014 10:00 AM| BALTIMORE, MD
Our Coping with the Heat and Sun session will provide you with ways to avoid overheating and managing sun exposure.  Sun exposure in lupus patients can both cause and worsen a flare so learning ways to minimize exposure and protect your skin is important.  This discussion will provide tips and tricks to enjoy summer activities while living with lupus.

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Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21239
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Special Topic Session: Travel Tips

JUN 17, 2014  7:00 PM| ALEXANDRIA, VA
Our Travel Tips program will discuss helpful precautions to reduce stress and avoid a flare while traveling.  Traveling is a change of routine, and often involves an increase in activities, causing exhaustion.  Help to make your next trip relaxing and enjoyable by learning tips and tricks to help you plan.

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Beatley Library: Small Conference Room
5005 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22304
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Special Topic Session: Reducing Stress

JUN. 26, 2014 6:30 PM| WASHINGTON DC
Our Stress Management session will teach you helpful ways to monitor your stress levels and discover positive outlets to rid your body of stress.  Daily life stressors, along with managing a chronic illness can take a toll on your mental health.  Join us to learn new ways to manage stress and feel relaxed.

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Washington Hospital Center: Siegel Auditorium
110 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20010
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Special Topic Session: Coping with Heat and Sun

JUL. 15, 2014 | ALEXANDRIA, VA
Our Coping with the Heat and Sun session will provide you with ways to avoid overheating and managing sun exposure.  Sun exposure in lupus patients can both cause and worsen a flare so learning ways to minimize exposure and protect your skin is important.  This discussion will provide tips and tricks to enjoy summer activities while living with lupus.

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Beatley Library: Small Conference Room
5005 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22304
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Special Topic Session: The Impact of lupus on the Family

JUL. 22, 2014 7:00 PM| BALTIMORE, MD
Impact of Lupus on Family will help participants practice communication skills that keep family members informed about disease activity, and treatment plan updates.  Because lupus does not only affect the patient, family members must work together to enhance communication. Join us as we discuss how to minimize stress at home and keep your family involved and connected.

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Mt. Lebanon Church
2812 Reisterstown Rd
Baltimore, MD 21215
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Special Topic Session: Journey through Lupus: Healing Art of Storytelling and Journaling

SEPT. 16, 2014 7:00 PM| ALEXANDRIA, VA
The Healing Art of Storytelling, Music and Journaling session will provide helpful tips for sharing your lupus journey artistically.  It is important to reflect on your journey with lupus and evaluate your health.  Come learn ways to put your creativity to use in telling your lupus story.

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Beatley Library: Small Conference Room
5005 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22304
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Special Topic Session: Readers Review of THE Lupus Encyclopedia with Guest Speaker Dr. Donald Thomas

SEPT. 20, 2014  10:30 AM | ROCKVILLE, MD
The Lupus Encyclopedia
is an authoritative compendium that provides detailed explanations of every body system potentially affected by the disease, along with practical advice about
coping for patients and families. Rheumatologist Dr. Donald Thomas’s complete reference will be the relied-upon guide for people with lupus and their loved ones, caregivers, and
medical professionals. Thoroughly illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and tables, The Lupus Encyclopedia explains symptoms, diagnostic methods, medications and their potential
side effects, and when to seek medical attention. Dr. Thomas provides information for women who wish to become pregnant and advises readers about working with a disability, complementary and alternative medicine, infections, cancer, and a host of other topics. Join Dr. Thomas as he breaks down his book and answers any question you might have!

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Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Weinchel Education Center
9901 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
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Special Topic Session: Family Night

OCT. 1, 2014 6:30 PM | RESTON, VA
Family Night will help participants practice communication skills that keep family members informed about disease activity, and treatment plan updates.  Because lupus does not only affect the patient, family members must work together to enhance communication. Join us as we discuss how to minimize stress at home and keep your family involved and connected.

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Reston Community Center
2310 Colts Neck Rd
Reston, VA 20191
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Special Topic Session: Alternative and Complementary Therapy with Guest Speaker May Kesler

OCT. 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM | ANNAPOLIS, MD
Guest speaker May Kesler will present on massage therapy as a type of ACT. Come learn how massages and various techniques can help to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, and  promote relaxation and well-being.

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Anne Arundel Medical Center: Health Sciences Building, 7th Floor
2001 Medical Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21401
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Special Topic Session: Masks We Hide Behind

OCT. 21, 2014 7:00 PM | ALEXANDRIA, VA
Our Masks We Hide Behind session will help you to rid yourself of the unnecessary “masks” you use in your daily life.   People often hide behind “masks” of strength to protect themselves, and prevent others from seeing them as vulnerable.  Come learn how to see yourself in a positive light, feel comfortable removing your “mask,” and sharing your true self with others.

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Beatley Library: Small Conference Room
5005 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22304
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Special Topic Session: Alternative and Complementary Therapy with Guest Speaker May Kesler

NOV. 5, 2014 6:30 PM | COLUMBIA, MD
Guest speaker May Kesler will present on massage therapy as a type of ACT. Come learn how massages and various techniques can help to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, and  promote relaxation and well-being.

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Howard County General Hospital Medical Pavilion- Wellness Center
The Wellness Center at Howard County General Hospital
10710 Charter Drive 100 Columbia
Columbia, MD 21044
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Special Topic Session: Holiday Stress

NOV. 8, 2014 10:00 AM| BALTIMORE, MD
 Holiday Stress session will teach participants how to maintain awareness of stress levels and prepare for the chaos that is often accompanied by the holidays.  Come and learn how to manage your time to include rest, relaxation, and fun throughout the holidays.  Plan to enjoy this holiday session by making your health a priority.

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Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21239
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Special Topic Session: Readers Review of The Lupus Encyclopedia

NOV. 11, 2014 from 6:00 PM| GREENBELT, MD
The Lupus Encyclopedia is an authoritative compendium that provides detailed explanations of every body system potentially affected by the disease, along with practical advice about
coping for patients and families. Rheumatologist Dr. Donald Thomas’s complete reference will be the relied-upon guide for people with lupus and their loved ones, caregivers, and medical professionals. Thoroughly illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and tables, The Lupus Encyclopedia explains symptoms, diagnostic methods, medications and their potential side effects, and when to seek medical attention. Dr. Thomas provides information for women who wish to become pregnant and advises readers about working with a disability, complementary and alternative medicine, infections, cancer, and a host of other topics.

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Greenbelt Baptist Church
101 Greenhill Rd
Greenbelt, MD 20770
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Special Topic Session: "But you don't look sick": How to say No

NOV.18, 2014 7:00 PM| ALEXANDRIA, VA
Our “But You Don’t Look Sick,” Learning to Say No session will teach you how to say “no” and avoid exhaustion.  Since lupus symptoms are often invisible, other people may not truly understand the implications of lupus.  Come learn how to say “no” to doing too much, and keep yourself from feeling tired and overwhelmed.

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Beatley Library: Small Conference Room
5005 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22304
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Special Topic Session: Holiday Stress

NOV.25, 2014 from 7:00 PM | BALTIMORE, MD
Holiday Stress session will teach participants how to maintain awareness of stress levels and prepare for the chaos that is often accompanied by the holidays.  Come and learn how to manage your time to include rest, relaxation, and fun throughout the holidays.  Plan to enjoy this holiday session by making your health a priority.

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Mt. Lebanon Church
2812 Reisterstown Rd
Baltimore, MD 21215
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