2015 Lupus Empowerment Series: Ask The Experts

Ask the Experts is part of the 2015 Lupus Empowerment Series. Ask the Experts is a series of live educational teleconferences and pre-recorded webcasts on a variety of topics designed to provide you with important information about living with lupus. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from some of the world's leading lupus experts from the comfort and privacy of your home. Participate in several or just the one that most interests you.

This Ask The Experts series is offered as a free service of the Lupus Foundation of America, Florida Chapter.  All costs of services for patients and families are underwritten by the fundraising efforts of the Florida Chapter, including the Walk to End Lupus Now™.

Lupus: Ask the Experts is a series of live educational teleconferences and pre-recorded webcasts on a variety of topics designed to provide you with important information about living with lupus. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading lupus experts from the comfort and privacy of your home.

Live teleconferences last one hour and are accessible via a toll-free number. Teleconferences will also be recorded and posted online. Pre-registration is required. Call-in/log-in information will be provided to all registrants one week before the event.

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2015 Lupus Empowerment Series: Ask the Experts Teleconferences


The Lupus-Heart Connection
February 24, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Speaker: Joan M. VonFeldt, M.D., MSEd.

Heart disease and stroke are typically associated with risk factors like advancing age, smoking, gender and high blood pressure. However, these factors do not fully explain the increased risk of heart disease and stroke for people with lupus. In fact, research has shown that having lupus, and undergoing treatment can, in itself, be a substantial risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

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Disability & Returning to the Workplace
March 31, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Speakers: Jeff Woldanski, AVP of Job Placement Services at Allsup Employment Services, Inc. and Tai Venuti, MPH, Allsup Mgr. of Strategic Alliances.

Most people don’t know much about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), even though it is part of the largest government benefit program in the United States. For people living with a chronic illness such as lupus, understanding SSDI and its impact on health, insurance, future employment, finances and retirement income is essential. We will explain how SSDI works, including program eligibility, ways to break through the current application backlog, and specific information for individuals with lupus. Additionally, we will share how the Ticket to Work program helps people who already have SSDI return to work, and explain why the employment outlook for people with disabilities is brighter than it has been in the past.

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Lupus and the Eyes
April 8, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Speaker: Ricardo N. Sepulveda, M.D.

Dr. Ricardo Sepulveda will discuss how autoimmune diseases including lupus affect the eyes. The effects lupus may have in and around the eyes include changes in the skin around the eyelids, dry eyes, inflammation of the white outer layer of the eyeball (scleritis), blood vessel changes in the retina, or damage to nerves in the muscles controlling eye movement and the nerves affecting vision.

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Living Well with Lupus
May 13, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Speaker: Donald Thomas, M.D., FACP, FACR, CCD

Join us for this teleconference with Donald Thomas, M.D., FACP, FACR, CCD, author of “The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families” as he discusses how to live well with lupus through coping techniques, educating yourself and his “lupus secrets”.

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Lupus & Hair Loss
June 24, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Speaker: Angela Kyei, M.D.

A lupus diagnosis often brings many physical changes, including hair loss. Hair loss is a common side effect of lupus and can be caused by medications used to treat the disease. Join us to hear Angela Kyei, M.D. speak on hair loss and ways to be proactive in treating it.

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Lupus and the Skin
July 14, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Speaker: Frank Santoro, M.D.

Approximately two-thirds of people with lupus will develop some type of skin disease, called cutaneous lupus erythematosus. Skin disease in lupus can cause rashes or sores (lesions), most of which will appear on sun-exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck, arms, and legs. Join us to hear Dr. Santoro discuss how lupus can affect your skin and effective treatment options.

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Lupus and Female Issues: From Puberty to Menopause
August 13, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Speaker: Dr. Amber R. Cooper

Women living with lupus face a variety of challenges regarding their reproductive health. Dr. Amber R. Cooper, board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, will discuss how lupus, and the medication used to treat the disease, can affect menstrual function, pregnancy, contraception, menopause, and fertility.

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Coping with Lupus
September 29, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Speaker: Robert H. Phillips, Ph.D.

When you’re first diagnosed with lupus, you will hear about treatment options and the importance of preventing flares—but you may not hear that lupus can have an emotional effect on you as well. You may feel overwhelmed, frustrated, sad, and anxious, but the good news is there are ways to help you cope with those feelings. Join us for this teleconference with Robert H. Phillips, Ph.D., founder and director of the Center for Coping, author of the Coping with Lupus and Lupus Q&A books and a licensed psychologist as he addresses important questions one might have and offers practical coping strategies to help those with lupus live their lives to the fullest.

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Lupus and the Kidneys (English and Spanish Sessions) 
October 2015

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2015 Lupus Empowerment Series: Ask the Experts Webcasts

Presentations are available online. You may submit a question to the expert through the 15th of each topic month and answers will be posted the following month. Click here for more information

Understanding & Managing the Stress of Caregiving
March
Presenter: Sharon Mack

Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Lupus Anticoagulants
May
Presenter: TBA

Lupus Diagnosis (2 presentations; one in English and one in Spanish)
July
Presenters: TBA

Children and Lupus (2 presentation; one in English and one in Spanish)
September
Presenter: TBA

Legal Issues: Social Security and Lupus
November
Presenter: TBA