Oct. 25, 2017

30th Annual Maryland Lupus Summit Recap

Annual Maryland Lupus Summit attendees (from left to right): Planning Specialist at Independence Now, Inc, Carol Cordova, Founder/ Executive Director at Lawyers v. Lupus, Abiola Heyliger, and Founder/ CEO of Utopia Wellness Health Coaching and Yoga, Lorena Lues.

The Lupus Foundation of America hosted the 30th Annual Maryland Lupus Summit on Saturday, October 14th at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. More than 250 people from the Maryland/DC/Virginia area attended this informative and highly interactive event. The Summit is designed for patients, their families, and friends to receive the latest information on living with lupus from experts.

Dr. Michele Petri of Johns Hopkins Lupus Center served as the keynote speaker discussing a range of topics from signs and symptoms of lupus to effective treatments. After the opening session, participants got warmed up for the day with a yoga session, followed by sessions including “Lupus Nephritis” with Dr. Homa Timlin and “Lupus and Children” with Dr. Sangeeta Sule.

All sessions included time for participant Q&A, as did the highly engaged “Patient Perspective Panel” facilitated by Dr. Don Thomas. Lupus patient and summit attendee, Abiola Heyliger, thoroughly enjoyed the information-packed event. When asked about her feelings, she said, "I met so many other amazing lupus warriors and got so much more new information during the summit!".

Panelist Kim Harris summed up the day perfectly – “As usual, the Lupus Summit was great this year! The topics - from discussions about lupus pains and lupus and the cardiovascular system to navigating the disability process - were all very informative for lupus patients and family members. The Patient Perspective Panel is one of my favorite sessions, because it's Warriors and advocates getting to ask questions and make personal connections. I think those connections are important because lupus can be a very isolating disease”.

Participants received information on the Lupus Foundation of America’s National Resource Center on Lupus. The Resource Center aims to connect, empower and educate those whose lives are impacted by this devastating and unpredictable disease by providing trustworthy, reliable and high-quality resources, programs and emotional support services. The Resource Center is a living collection of vital up-to-date information on lupus and provides online support and answers for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.