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Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), as of March 13, 2020, we will cease all in-person programs and events through May. These meetings may take place virtually via conference call, GoToMeeting, or Facebook Live. See schedule below.

Support Groups

 

Milwaukee Support Group

This group is currently not meeting in person, but when we resume the meetings take place at Mayfair North Tower conference room in Atrium (lower level) 2600 N Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226 (414) 443-6400

Each month join Betsey Woody, Health Education Coordinator, along with lupus patients and their family (and often friends) at this meeting in Milwaukee. We greatly encourage those with lupus to attend and help others who are newly diagnosed as they begin their lupus journey. If you would like to attend, give us a call at (414) 443-6400 or email Betsey at betsey@lupuswi.org

January 28 – Nick Zupec, Pharmacist talked about medications
February 25 – RAP SESSION and SOCIAL
March 31 – Bloom Art Therapy - Postponed
April 28 – Evergreen Pharmacy
May 26 – Colleen Baugh – Lupus and yoga
June – Zoom meeting
July 28 – Rap Session - Check-in Zoom meeting
August 25 – E. Aliciee’ Griffith BSN, BS, RN, at GlaxoSmithKline, US IN LUPUS presentation via Zoom
September 29 - Kevin Haase, disability attorney confirmed
October 27 – Dr Jeffrey Whittle, Precision Medical
November 24 – RAP SESSION and SOCIAL
December – NO MEETING

Madison Support Groups

Madison: Zoom Online Meetings

Lunchtime Meetings

August 18, 2020 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
ZOOM meeting; RSVP required
Topic: Caring & Sharing

September 15, 2020 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
ZOOM meeting; RSVP required
Topic: Caring & Sharing

October 20, 2020 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
ZOOM meeting; RSVP required
Topic: Caring & Sharing

November 17, 2020 – 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
ZOOM meeting; RSVP required
Topic: Caring & Sharing

December 15, 2020 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
ZOOM meeting; RSVP required
Topic: Caring & Sharing


Contact volunteer Support Group Leader: Nancy L. Johnson by emailing her at suldalwi@gmail.com
Nancy can share the ZOOM invite information for each meeting

The Madison Near West group and the West group is a combination of people with Sjogren's Syndrome, Lupus, RA, and other autoimmune diseases

Madison Women of Color Group

This group meets the 3rd Monday of each month 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, headed up by Mary Wells. Mary can be reached at (608) 446-6760.

We currently are not meeting in person, and is meeting via ZOOM. Contact Mary Wells for the invitation information. When we resume meetings in person it will be at a NEW LOCATION: Center for Black Women's Wellness, 6601 Grand Teton Plaza, Suite A2, Madison, WI. This location may vary from time to time. New members, please call Mary prior to the meeting.

Kenosha Support Group

Living & Coping with Lupus & other autoimmune related issues

This group is currently not meeting, when it resumes it will be at Festival Foods - Community Room (above the deli)
3207 80th Street, Kenosha, WI 53142 and will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM. Space is limited, please R.S.V.P.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 1st meeting Meet & Greet - postponed

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - Chronic pain issues: how chronic pain affects the body and safe exercise with chronic pain. Hillegonda Tromp, P.T., Athletico Physical Therapy & Aquatic Therapy - postponed

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - Advanced Directives/Advance Health Care Planning, Learn the rules in Wisconsin and what legal documents you should have in place. Helen Sampson, LCSW, Quality Coordinator, Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center - postponed

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - postponed
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - postponed

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - Chronic Pain & Illness: the effects it has on mental health & wellness. Lisa Kurman, BS, SAC, MLC, Recovery Matters @ Wellspring Counseling Center

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - Health & Wellness Resources, What do nutrition, physical activity, sleep and managing stress have in common? They are some of the aspects of our lifestyles that we can control to help create or maintain our health, make positive changes and live your best life now. Renee Foy, MS, ECHM, CTRS, Health & Wellness Coordinator, Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

For more information contact volunteer support group leaders: Cynthia & Tom Howard, email: mvngmntns2gether@gmail.com, phone: (262) 358-0259

Men's Teleconference Support Group

The men's group meets via teleconference and is lead by Steve Rogers. Steve can be reached at (920) 539-0599. This group meets the last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM. Call the LFAWI office for call-in details (414) 443-6400.

A Support Group IS:

  • A self-help group. LFA support groups are open to people with lupus, their family members, caregivers, and loved ones who gather periodically to share common concerns.
  • A place for people with lupus to be themselves and come to terms with a diagnosis of lupus and the way their disease affects them as individuals.
  • A source of information, which includes LFA educational materials and community resources.
  • A place to confidentially share, learn, and help others. Group members discover a place where they can receive information that is accurate and up-to-date, as well as come to terms with living with chronic illness.

A Support Group is NOT:

  • A professional counseling or therapy group.
  • A substitute for medical treatment or health counseling.
  • A replacement for family and friends, or other close relationships. However, participating in a support group may help lighten the burden of living with lupus and allow relationships outside of the group to be less stressful.
  • For everybody. The idea of a support group may make some people uncomfortable. Some people prefer different types of support at different times in their lives, depending on a variety of factors. A newly diagnosed individual may not be ready to attend a support group.
  • A cure; it won’t make lupus go away, but it can help people with feelings of helplessness and address their fears.

Phone: (414) 443-6400

Email: betsey@lupuswi.org

Cost: free and open to the public