Lupus Foundation
Lupus News
November 2015
Ask a Doctor
Q: What are the major differences between lupus as a youth and lupus as an adult?
-Jim, St. Cloud
Systemic lupus can affect any part of the body. Rarely, the way in which it affects one individual would be identical to another. However, there are certain similarities in all people with lupus. Specific location in certain parts of the body, associated with particular laboratory testing, allows your doctor to group your whole body inflammatory problem into the category of lupus. Having a correct diagnosis of lupus allows your doctor to tailor your current treatment and to help you define your expectations for the future.

The diagnosis of lupus is the same in children as it is in adults. That being said, children and adults with lupus do have important differences.
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Learn more about youth and lupus during the "Living Well with Lupus as a Youth" webinar presented by Dr. Riskalla on Wednesday, November 4. If you're unable to attend the webinar, you'll soon find the video on the Workshops and Webinars  page of our website.
UMD senior Leah Nesheim (pictured center), selected LFM as a beneficiary for their "Kicks for Causes" soccer game. 
Highlighting community giving from across the state
Friends of LFM put the "fun" in fundraising
This fall has been a busy one for Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) supporters, and we are honored to have been part of the fun! Here are a few highlights of what our friends have been up to on the field, on the dance floor, and out in the great outdoors to support our work to raise awareness and funds.
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Thank you, volunteers!
We wish to express sincere gratitude to Sue Schott and Carolyn Hyland, two of the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota's (LFM) educational support group facilitators who have recently retired from their leadership roles.

Thank you both for your commitment to LFM's mission of supporting those living with lupus in our communities! You will be missed!

Learn more about Sue and Carolyn's history as LFM support group leaders.
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Remember LFM on Give to the Max Day - November 12
Minnesota's annual day of giving is just around the corner. And the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) asks for your support!

Mark your calendars for this year's Give to the Max Day, which takes place Thursday, November 12. Help us continue to further our vision of a world without lupus. Visit LFM's page on the GiveMN website to make a donation.

If you'd prefer to schedule your donation in advance, you may do so at any time between November 1 and 11. This contribution will automatically be deducted from your credit or debit card on November 12.

Or, to ensure that the full value of your contribution comes directly to LFM, submit your donation on our website at

Application open for 2016 Lupus Ambassador
The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) is searching for its next Lupus Ambassador for 2016. This volunteer position serves a vital role to the Foundation by providing a "face" and "voice" to lupus, particularly when it comes to LFM fundraisers, such as the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run events. Not only does this opportunity help raise awareness of lupus and LFM, but it's also a rewarding experience for you, too.

If you or someone you know wishes to be considered for this role, please complete the volunteer application and return it to LFM, along with a brief statement about why you'd be a good Lupus Ambassador.  

If you want to learn more, don't hesitate to contact LFM for additional information.

2015 Lupus Ambassadors Larry Norgren (top, center) and Ashley Albertson (bottom) at the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Trail Run - Twin Cities and the Lupus Food and Wine Classic, respectively.

Upcoming events  (click the links for more information and registration)

LFM Educational Support Group meetings are now found on our website calendar. Consider joining a group today!

November 10
Low energy is a universal symptom of living with lupus and other chronic conditions, and it can significantly impact daily activities. Certified Alexander Technique instructor Erin Thompson will provide you ways to increase energy, vitality, and mobility by improving postural alignment for increased lung capacity and joint freedom in daily activities.

November 17
Gain a deeper understanding of how naturopathic medicine and the use of diet, exercise, stress management, and sleep can help reduce lupus flares and other autoimmune disease symptoms.

November 18
Reduce the pain and inflammation you may experience living with lupus through a session with acupuncturist Amy Schroeder. Class is limited to six people.

November 18
Learn how naturopathic medicine and diet can increase energy and reduce fatigue, inflammation, and other autoimmune disease symptoms. Naturopathic physician Ariel Barkheim leads this seminar.

December 9
Nutritional choices can greatly affect the management of lupus and other chronic conditions and everyday life. In this seminar, discover the importance of good nutrition and strategies to better manage inflammation.
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