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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 3/20/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if any of you are members of the Lupus Foundation of America?  or a local support group?    I am in the process of starting a local chapter.  I am really wanting to help other people who are dealing with this disease!  What do you guys think?   I know I was hesistant to even join this forum for a long time I just lurked because I am after all the queen of denial and didn't want to "labled" a lupie!  Now I realize how much we all need to support one another.  Thanx for in put!  Judy

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   Posted 3/20/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Judy,

   I'm a member of the LFA. I get lots of newsletters from them and updates. I started a local support group a few years ago but, it didn't go very far at the time. There wasn't much interest then and not alot of people wanting to get out around here. This is a very small town. It would probably do alot better now if someone started one here.

   I think its great that you are wanting to help others while getting the help you need as well. I hope it goes well for you and I wish you the best with this. Please keep us updated and take care. I will be sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.


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   Posted 3/20/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Judy: That's awsome if you can do that. I went to the lupus walk event, I didn't walk, it was just nice to meet other people who have lupus. I also am a member. Our surpport group is far for me if they had one closer I think i would go. GOOD LUCK Debbie
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   Posted 3/20/2008 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I am also a member of the LFA.  Originally I joined it because my sister was diagnosed with Lupus, then over the years I developed symptoms and was eventually diagnosed with Lupus myself.  It's a great organization and the people are always willing to help.  I think it's wonderful that you want to start one in your area.  I wish I had one closer than 90 minutes away.  Good luck!!
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   Posted 3/20/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Judy, I am a member of my local chapter here in Georgia. There are several support groups in the metro area, the closest to me is about 30+ minutes away. They meet every 2nd sunday, I hope to attend one soon.

I think it's great that you want to start a support group and that you will be very good at it! I pray it goes well for you. Keep us posted

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   Posted 3/20/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for your input and support everyone. The closest chapter to me is in Hot Springs Arkansas! That's about an 8 hour drive. Since hurricane Katrina there is no long a chapter for the whole Gulfsouth area (coastal Mississippi and Louisiana). So, i'm hoping we can get it going! Love and prayers to all, Judy
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