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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – July 8, 2013 – The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC, http://www.lupusnc.org, will be hosting the “Understanding Lupus” Workshop in Asheville on Saturday, Aug. 10. It will take place from 1-3 p.m. at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (340 Victoria Road) in Rhododendron Building, Room 351. The featured presenter will be NC Rheumatology Association Board Member, Dr. Kristin Gowin from Asheville Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center.
The free workshop is open to the public and will focus on what lupus is, who is affected, and how to get diagnosed properly. To register, visit http://understandinglupusasheville.eventbrite.com/ or call toll-free to 877-849-8271.
“Our goal to bring awareness and outreach to new lupus patients who are not well versed on their disease, and to reach those who have been experiencing unexplained symptoms and have not been able to get the diagnosis they need,” said Christine John-Fuller, President and CEO of LFANC. “We hope to provide lupus patients with methods of not only living, but also thriving.”
Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body. It is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with, and a challenge to treat. Lupus is a cruel mystery because it is hidden from view and undefined, has a range of symptoms, hits out of nowhere, and has no known cause and no known cure. Its health effects can range from a skin rash to a heart attack. Lupus is debilitating and destructive, and can be fatal, yet research on lupus remains underfunded relative to its scope and devastation. There’s an estimated 2,600 individuals living with lupus in Buncombe and surrounding counties.
About the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter:
The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter is part of the national force devoted to solving the cruel mystery of lupus while providing caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. We work with local health professionals and volunteers to provide information and programs to ensure people with lupus and their families get answers and health professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease. The chapter serves an estimated 45,000 living with lupus in North Carolina. For more information about lupus or the LFANC, visit http://www.lupusnc.org or call (877) 849-8271. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LupusNC and Twitter @LupusNC .