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Milwaukee Support Group

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 [email protected]


• March 26, 2019, 6:00 PM - Rap Session
• April 30, 2019, 6:00 PM - Speaker: Andy Hochradel of Evergreen Pharmacy on the topic of Pharmaceuticals and medications used to treat lupus
• May 28, 2019, 6:00 PM - Speaker: Uma Bagadia on the topic of Laughter Yoga
• June - no meeting
July 30, 2019, 6:00 PM - Rae Jeena Moore - open discussion about summer foods
• August 27, 2019, 6:00 PM - Speaker: Jeffery Whittle, MD, MPH who will be discussing precision medicine and how it will affect disease treatment and prevention by considering an individual’s environment, lifestyle and genetic makeup. He will also discuss the All of Us research program, which is part of the National Institutes of Health’s precision medicine initiative.
• September 24, 2019, 6:00 PM - Speaker: Colleen Baughn on the topic of Yoga and Lupus
• October 29, 2019, 6:00 PM - Speakers: Lauren Wright and Allison Tierney on the topic of Nutrition
• November 26, 2019, 6:00 PM

Madison Support Groups

Madison Near West: New Location
Midtown District Police Department in the Midtown District Community Room
4020 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705
(608) 229-8200

• May 21, 2019, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Guest Speakers: J Gervais & R Luby will discuss the topic of Functional Medicine and Autoimmune Conditions
• July 16, 2019, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
• September 17, 2019, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
• November 19, 2019, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Madison West - this group meets every other month over lunch hour
UW-Health West Clinic, Room #1287
451 Junction Road, Madison, WI 53717
(608) 265-7700

• April 16, 2019, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
• June 18, 2019, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
• August 20, 2019, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
• October 15, 2019, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
• December 17, 2019, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

1) Enter the clinic through the main doors (registration centers will be directly in front of you 2) Turn left and walk down the short hallway to the right 3) Turn left when you arrive at the carpet at the end of hallway 4) Meeting Room #1287 is the 2nd door on the left

Volunteer Support Group Leader: Nancy L. Johnson (608) 332-5928
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 headed up by Mary Wells. Mary can be reached at (608) 446-6760. The usual meeting place is at the Urban League, 222 S. Park Street, Madison, WI, however, the location does vary. Please call Mary for current information on the next meeting.

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: [email protected]

Cost: free and open to the public