Oct. 11, 2014 9:30 am |

2014 Georgia Lupus Empowerment Summit

Live Spanish interpretation for main sessions and Spanish breakout sessions!

Saturday, October 11, 2014
9:30 AM - 3 PM

Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
2450 Galleria Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

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Keynote Speaker

Clinical Trials and Research Updates
Joan Merrill, MD

Dr. Merrill will provide an overview of current lupus clinical trials, research and the prospects for the future of lupus treatments.

Breakout Sessions

Putting Care Back in Caregiving
Ellen Sichel
CEO & President,Custom Calm
You may be saying, “My life is out of control, I can barely function at work anymore, I have nothing left to give, and I feel guilty. Ellen Sichel has been there as a caretaker of a sick child for years.

SS Disability and Workplace Accommodation
Attorneys Winnie Pannell and Patrick White

Georgia Chapter Board Members
Can lupus patients qualify for disability? What is the process to obtain disability? When should I apply? This session will answer these questions and more!

Lupus and the Kidneys
Tarik Lalwani, M.D
An estimated 1 in 3 people living with lupus will develop kidney issues that require medical attention and treatment. Learn more about the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options as it relates to kidney involvement

Gentle Yoga
Beth Passehl

Experience how easy it is to participate in this gentle exercise that reduces stress, joint stiffness, and fatigue!

Financial Management 101
One of the most important things you and your loved one can do is create and follow a realistic budget. There are many resources available to help you create and track your budget. What you use depends entirely on your own personal preferences.

Lupus and the Heart
Demir Baykal, M.D.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect almost any part of your body, most often your joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood, or brain. Heart disease is a major complication of lupus. It is now a leading cause of death among people with lupus.  Learn about warning signs, treatment options, and what you can do to keep your heart healthy.

Managing the Doctor/Patient Relationship
Melissa Hughes, M.D.
Former GA Chapter Board Member

Part of thriving with lupus is effectively communicating with the members of your health care team so that your care is managed better and in the end, you feel better. As Dr. Hughes states, "You are driving the bus!"

Lupus and Depression
Dorothy W. Morgan, MS.Ed, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Reactions like anger, fear and depression are a normal part of having a chronic illness such as lupus.  When these emotions are dealt with appropriately, they can provide an opportunity to grow and gain new insights into your life.

Vivir con Lupus
Esta reunión incluye información sobre el lupus y cómo crear un estilo de vida saludable mientras viven con una enfermedad crónica. Únase a nosotros para esta sesión informativa.


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