Support & Services
Lupus is a life-changing disease. We understand the uncertainty and heartache of having lupus. We offer answers to your questions and resources to help you manage the impact of lupus on your life. We work to accelerate the pace of medical research on lupus and find new means for managing the disease. We do everything possible to solve the cruel mystery, and to end the worry you face and the pain you suffer through a comprehensive program of research, education and advocacy.
The Lupus Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter exists to help everyone in the lupus community. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, all of our programs and services are offered at no cost to those in need.
Lupus Update with Dr. Katz
Dr. Robert Katz is a Rheumatologist and lupus expert as well a Lupus Foundation of America, Illinois Chapter board member. Every month Dr. Katz answers questions from the lupus community in his column in the eChronicle, the foundation’s online newsletter. The columns are available on the Illinois Chapter’s website. (Click here)
Lupus is difficult to diagnose and finding a doctor who can not only diagnose lupus but also treat your disease is critical for your care. The Illinois Chapter can help you find a doctor. (Click here)
Living with lupus can result in unexpected costs. To combat these expenses, the LFAI offers the "Living with Lupus Grant" to lupus patients in Illinois. The funds are paid directly to the vendor. (Click here)
Lupus Community Navigator Program
The Illinois Chapter provides comprehensive, individual assistance to anyone in Illinois’ lupus community. Any lupus related question is addressed by Sonya Loynachan, Health Promotion Manager at the foundation. Contact Sonya at (312) 542-0002 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Groups provide resources, information and a sympathetic ear to those who have been affected by lupus. The foundation works with existing groups throughout the state and fosters new groups as well. All groups are free and open to the public. (Click here)
Individual Peer Support
Constituents may benefit from talking with another individual with similar lupus experiences. Patients and family members can ask to be connected with a volunteer with a similar history for support. Contact Sonya@lupusil.org or call Sonya at (312) 542-0002 for more information.
Illinois residents have access to a statewide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). Create and print your FREE discount prescription drug card by clicking here.
Volunteering is a great way to meet others in the lupus community while forwarding the foundation’s mission. Many types of volunteers are needed with varying time commitments. (Click here)
Fact Sheets/Brochures written by Dr. Robert Katz (PDF)