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LFAGW to Offer First 'Living with Lupus' Baltimore Workshop on August 15

WASHINGTON, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Baltimore-area residents with lupus--or those who think they may have lupus--can get tips and information in the first, free "Living with Lupus" workshop on August 15, offered by the Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington Chapter (LFAGW). The workshop will run from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Herring Run Library, 3801 Erdman Avenue, Baltimore, Md. Dawn Isherwood, R.N. and LFA Health Educator, will offer current, medically accurate information on lupus, its symptoms, treatments and coping techniques. Affecting mostly women, lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease with no known cure that can damage any part of the body including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and the brain. Registration (free) and details: or go to, and click onto "Programs and Events." Toll-free telephone: 1-888-349-1167

"The August workshop is one of the many, free support services that we offer to help lupus patients and their families better manage their disease and improve the quality of their lives," said LFAGW President and CEO Penny Fletcher. "It's designed for both the newly diagnosed patient and anyone needing a refresher in the basics," she said.

Lupus Symptoms

Because lupus can affect so many different organs, a wide range of symptoms can occur, including:

  • Extreme fatigue (tiredness)
  • Headaches
  • Painful or swollen joints
  • Fever
  • Anemia (caused by low numbers of red blood cells or hemoglobin, or low total blood volume)
  • Swelling (edema) in feet, legs, or around eyes
  • Pain in the chest on deep breathing (pleurisy)
  • Butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose
  • Sun- or light-sensitivity (photosensitivity)
  • Hair loss
  • Blood-clotting problems
  • Fingers turning white and/or blue in the cold (Raynaud's phenomenon)
  • Ulcers in mouth or nose

LFAGW's Free, Ongoing Services

  • Free, ongoing monthly support groups in Washington, Maryland and Virginia
  • Coping Strategies: through tips and information from LFAGW
  • Outreach Services: newly diagnosed patient workshops, lupus lecture series, the annual symposium and the LFAGW newsletter

This and all LFAGW education programs are provided at no coast for all participants, thanks to funds raised through the annual Walk for Lupus Now! Join us for the 2(nd) Annual Walk for Lupus Now! Baltimore on September 26(th). For more tips, e-mail LFAGW at or call 202-349-1167. Web site:


Founded in 1974, the Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington (LFAGW) Chapter, Inc. provides free, current information, education programs and outreach services to improve the quality of lives for people with lupus while also supporting research. Toll-free number in D.C., Md., Va. and W.Va.: 1-888-349-1167 or 202-349-1167. Web site:

SOURCE Lupus Foundation of America Greater Washington Chapter
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