Sep. 20, 2018 6:00 pm—Jan. 01, 2019 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

  • Thursday, Septemeber 20 / 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tools For Living Well With Lupus

Presenter: Bene' E. Williams, LMSW

Description:  Wellness can be defined as an “active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.” Learn tips and how to live well with lupus through self-management skills including communication, stress reduction, physical activity, a healthy diet and personal responsibility.

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  • Friday, October 19 / 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Lupus And Depression

Presenter: Brian Poole, PH.D., Associate Professor Brigham Young University

Description: Life with lupus can be challenging. With symptoms that come and go, disease flares and remissions, and the uncertainty of what each day may bring, it’s normal to experience feelings of fear, frustration, anger, or sadness. However, there is a difference between temporary negative feelings and negative feelings that become overwhelming and long-lasting, which may signal a serious but treatable illness. Join us to learn more about depression and lupus, when to seek professional help, and how to recognize and properly treat symptoms.

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  • Tuesday, November 6 / 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Lupus And Pregnancy

Presenter: David Gazeley, M.D., Rheumatologist, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin

Description:  Pregnancy is no longer considered an impossibility if you have lupus.  Advancing technology and better understanding of the disease and its effects on the boy have improved pregnancy outcomes over the last 40 years.  Join us for this session to learn more about lupus and pregnancy.

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Past Teleconferences (March 2017 to recent)

Lupus and Intimacy - August 22, 2018

Lupus and Intimacy

With Iris Zink, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, RN-BC 

Sexual problems are frequent in many people with chronic diseases. Join Iris Zink as she discusses maintaining a healthy intimate relationship despite lupus.

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Lupus and the Skin - July  26, 2018

With Sofia Chaudhry, M.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Approximately 2/3 of people with lupus will experience some type of effect on their skin. Learn about skin rashes and the impact of sun exposure on lupus patients. Basic treatment options and measures that can be taken to help prevent lupus skin

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Research Update - June 13, 2018

With  Samuel Pegram, M.D., Rheumatologist, The Rheumatic Disease Clinic of Houston

 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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Lupus: Making the Diagnosis - May 29, 2018

With Stacy Ardoin, MD, adult and pediatric rheumatologist, OSU Wexner Medical Center, and Nationwide Children’s

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. The presentation will provide an overview of the ACR criteria, lupus signs and symptoms, and what a physician considers before making a diagnosis.

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The Holistic Approach to Diet and Lupus - April 12, 2018

With 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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Reiki and It's Effects On Lupus - March 27, 2018

With Bryce Goebel, LRMT, Empowering You to Heal Description

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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Wellness Coach: A Healthy Approach to Lupus - November 15, 2017

With Erica Daniel – CEO & Founder of Elnspire LLC, Speaker, Author, Coach

Committing to a healthy lifestyle can be overwhelming. Join Erica Daniel as she provides you with a process to work actively towards a better quality of health by providing support, encouragement, education, and tools.  

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Think Again: Coping with Lupus Fog - October 18, 2017

With Pamela Thorpe, M.D. FACP, Lupus Survivor since 2001, Currently Medical Director of Pharmacovigilance in the Pharmaceutical Industry since 2007

As many as half of all people with lupus describe feelings of confusion, fatigue, memory loss, and difficulty expressing their thoughts. This collection of symptoms is termed cognitive dysfunction. Learn more about "lupus fog", its symptoms and treatment options.

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Cardiovascular Disease and Lupus  - September 5, 2017

With George Stojan, M.D.

Heart disease is a major complication of lupus and is now a leading cause of death among people with lupus. There are several ways to decrease your risk for developing lupus-related disease, including reporting changes in symptoms to your doctor right away and having and understanding of the major risk factors. This teleconference will address everything you need to know about how to live heart healthy with lupus.

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Let's Talk about Lupus and the Eyes - August 16, 2017

With Careen Lowder, MD, PhD, Cole Eye Institute; Cleveland Clinic

The latest in prevention, diagnostics and treatment options for a wide spectrum of eye conditions - from the routine to the complex. Learn why Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute is ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 8 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report.

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Teens with Lupus: Transitioning into Adulthood - July 11, 2017

With:  Austin Dalrymple, DO; Pediatric Rheumatologist & Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Saint Louis University and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

As a teenager living with lupus, learning how to take charge of one’s own healthcare will assist with better health outcomes as an adult. Teens with lupus and their parents will learn more about this transitional time and receive helpful tips and tools to prepare teenagers with lupus to successfully manage their illness through the adult years.

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Clinical Trials 101 - June 15, 2017

With: Dr. Namieta Janssen, Rheumatologist from Houston, TX

This presentation is an overview on how clinical trials work, why it's beneficial to participate, and the latest trials focused on treatment for lupus. 

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Workplace Accommodation for Individuals with Lupus  - May 11, 2017

With: Attorney R. Patrick White, LFA Georgia Chapter Board Chair 

People living with lupus may not know their rights in the workplace. This teleconference will address how to work with your employer to put together a plan to prioritize your health issues and determine the types of accommodation you may need at your place of work.

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An Overview of Social Security Disability Benefits - 3.22.17

With: Andrew Salata, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration

The presentation will cover an overview of Social Security Disability, from how individuals become eligible for benefits to how to complete the filing process.  The presentation will review additional considerations for women receiving Social Security, and how Social Security assists families.

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Working With Your Pharmacist - 3.22.17

With: Susan Corbett, PharmD, RPh, and Lupus Thriver
Learn how to manage those different medications and communicate with an important member of your health care team, your pharmacist.  Also learn about all the different medications you need to manage day to day and learn tips on avoiding side effects and drug interactions.

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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


Cost: free