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Come out, come out wherever you are!

  As the Ohio winter turns into spring, flowers and trees bloom, and our nights become filled with the sound of crickets and spring peepers, it is a perfect opportunity for self evaluation and reflection, and that's exactly what we’ve been doing the last few...

A Lupus Love Story

Justina and Kyle Patterson     How and when did you meet? We met at a very young age in school. Kyle’s sister and I were in the same class. But we did not officially start dating until after we graduated high school in 2015. We got married in 2022.   ...

Warrior Spotlight – Brittney Bailey

Brittney's Story   Brittney Bailey is a Lupus Warrior who has faced many health problems. Around age 13, she noticed that her toes were constantly numb and drained of color. Then, they started turning purple and felt painfully cold. Brittney’s pediatrician told...

Making 2023 Our Best Year Yet

Lupians Unite! As we round the corner towards 2023 I thought it was a good time to reflect not only on the last year, but also the chapter as a whole.  It has been a privilege to serve as the leader for this chapter for several decades. It brings me great joy to see...

The Connection Between Giving and Gratitude

The Connection Between Giving and Gratitude It’s the time of year when giving is on everybody’s mind. It often feels overwhelming to be asked to donate to so many causes. Feed the hungry, clothe the poor, and do more. How does one even begin to feel worthy if they...

Because of Lupus…

It was a clear, sunny summer morning. I did not have any lupus symptoms other than the usual swollen hands and feet that goes away after I stretch. I had gotten ready for my internship and had some time to spare before I left.  I decided to take my dog out one last...

Purple Pledge

Purple Pledge

Help Raise Awareness! May is Lupus Awareness Month! It is a name to be taken literally. We put extra effort into letting the world know about lupus. We educate communities and join together to raise funds and awareness of lupus. We let the world know what lupus is,...

Lupus and Autoimmune Overlap Syndrome

Lupus and Autoimmune Overlap Syndrome

When patients are diagnosed with two or more autoimmune diseases it is called autoimmune overlap syndrome.    Lupus Diagnosis  I was diagnosed with systemic lupus in 1989 after months of severe fatigue, joint pain, and stiffness that moved around to different...

Be Fierce. Take Control.

Be Fierce. Take Control.

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) are teaming up to help increase lupus awareness and reduce the time to diagnosis. Lupus is a disease that is known for being difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are different...

Lupus, Brain Fog, and Me

Lupus, Brain Fog, and Me

I was 13 years old when I was diagnosed with lupus and started experiencing Brain Fog.  I didn’t expect much about my life to change after receiving my diagnosis. At the time, I had no idea that lupus would have menacing effects on my brain that would continue into my...

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