Feb. 28, 2018 6:00 pm—Jun. 13, 2018 7:00 pm | In the comfort of your home

2018 LFA Teleconference & Webcasts 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.


2018 LFA Teleconferences & Webcast Series

  • Caring for the Caregiver - Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 pm CST

Presenter: Elissa Lewin, MA, Founder/President, Nancy’s House
February is Heart Month and we know that the heart and cardiovascular system, like other organ systems of the body, can be affected by lupus.  Lupus can also affect affairs of the heart and relationships.  What happens when someone you love Is diagnosed with lupus?  It can be hard to understand the needs of our loved one especially when the signs and symptoms of lupus aren’t always obvious.  Feelings and emotions can get overwhelming, but taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do to support your loved one.  The stronger you remain—physically and mentally—the more support you will be able to offer.  Join us to learn some tips to care for the caregiver.

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  • Reiki and Its Effects on Lupus - Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 pm (CST)

Presenter: Bryce Goebel, LRMT, Empowering You to Heal
Stress in those living with lupus affects the mind, body, and spirit in negative ways. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include chronic pain relief, reduction of negative side effects, and relaxation. Join us to learn about Reiki and how to use it to help manage your stress throughout your whole self.

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  • The Holistic Approach to Diet and Lupus - Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 pm (CST)

Presenter: Carrie Holley-Hurt, Holistic Health Coach
In this teleconference, Carrie Holley-Hurt will talk about the connection between diet and inflammation, and provide practical tools so you can create a diet that works for you by improving your quality of life.

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  • Lupus: Making the Diagnosis   -Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 6:00-7:00 PM CST

Presenter: Stacy Ardoin, MD, adult and pediatric rheumatologist, OSU Wexner Medical Center, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Lupus is a complex and multifaceted disease. It is difficult to diagnose because each person has different symptoms of varying degrees and they mimic many other diseases. The diagnosis can take years to confirm. Join us as a lupus expert discusses the process of making a lupus diagnosis.

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  • Research Update - Wednesday June 13, 2018, 7:00-8:00 PM CST

Presenter: Samuel Pegram, M.D., Rheumatologist, The Rheumatic Disease Clinic of Houston
Description:  We know more about lupus research today than we did 10 years ago.  Join us for this Ask the Experts Session and hear about the latest in lupus research.

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Past Teleconferences (September 2015 to November 2016)

  • Children and Lupus

September 2015 - Presenter: Dr. Stacy P. Ardoin, Ohio State University.  Presentation and audio available here.

  • Legal Issues: Social Security and Lupus

November 2015 - Presenter: Sheri Abrams, Attorney at Law.  Presentation and audio available here.

  • Affairs of the Heart:  Lupus and Relationships

February 2016 - Presenter: Molly Dennis, MSW.  Presentation and audio available here.

  • Lupus and the Kidneys

March 2016 - Presenter: Dr. Micheal P. Madalo, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.  Presentation and audio available here.

  • Lupus and Mental Health: How to know when you're in trouble.

April 2016 - Presenter: Stacie Camp Bennett, MA, LPC, LCAS: Presentation and audio available here.

  • Lupus & Primary Care

May 2016 - Presenter: Adegbenga A. Bankole M.D., FACP, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.  Presentation and audio available here.

  • Lupus and the Thyroid

June 2016 - Presenter: Dr. Maria Antonelli, Metro Health Hospital.  Presentation and audio available here.


July 2016
Presenters: Shawn Arrington, President and CEO and Shanna Tedder, Financial Services Educator and Advisor, White Rhino Financial

Thyroid problems are common in people with lupus. About 6 percent of people with lupus have underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, and 2 percent have overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism. Join us to learn about the effects of thyroid disorders and function and their relationship to lupus.

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Lupus & the Bones: Diagnosing & Treating Osteoporosis
August 2016
Presenter: Kathryn M. Diemer, MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Women with lupus are at increased risk for osteoporosis and are nearly five times more likely to experience a fracture. Learn more about bone density, how osteoporosis is diagnosed, and the most common treatments available including calcium, vitamin D and FDA approved medications.

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Living a Healthy Lifestyle
September 2016
Presenter: Danine Fruge, MD, ABFP, Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa

Take charge of your daily life through proper disease management, communication, and positive lifestyle changes.

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Lupus & Dental Health
October 2016
Presenter: Presenter: Diane Earle, DDS, MBA, Kool Smiles

It is important to understand the relationship of oral health to overall health and wellness. Join us to learn about how dental health relates to lupus and managing symptoms.

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Stress Management

November 2016
Presenter: Ellen Sichel, Custom Calm, LLC

It is important to understand the relationship of oral health to overall health and wellness. Join us to learn about how dental health relates to lupus and managing symptoms.

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Registration is required.

Phone: 713-529-0126

Email: info@lupustexas.org

Cost: free