Thanks to everyone who shared their insight this month!

Sharing the Journey: Maintaining Relationships
You'll be in good hands if you join Team Make Your Mark to run the Seattle Rock'N'Roll Marathon or Half Marathon. As a person with lupus, nothing is more personal to him than helping solve the cruel mystery.

Meet Team Make Your Mark Coach Dan Walmer
Lupus affects every aspect of daily life, including intimate relationships.

Back to Basics: Four Ways to Rekindle the Fire
Flowers and candy only last so long. Give your Valentine something lasting: hope for a cure.
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Send Some Love
We are excited to introduce Team Make Your Mark, our new initiative that links races and walks with fundraising to support the fight against lupus.

Lace up your shoes!
What is your best advice for maintaining and strengthening relationships during a lupus flare?

Post your answers in the comments and some will be selected for our next Sharing the Journey.
The Foundation is currently accepting applications from lupus investigators and student researchers for our Career Development and Student Summer Fellowship grant programs.

Faculty/Researchers: please share with your networks.

New Grants Announced to Support Research in Pediatrics and Underrepresented Communities
Are you part of a corporate team or sponsor for the Walk to End Lupus Now? Post a comment if you'd like to share your story.
With each sale in the month of February, JoJo Rings will donate $5 of every retail purchase to the Lupus Foundation of America. Check them out at: [ Link ]
The Lupus Foundation of America has a Medical-Scientific Advisory Council made up of thought leaders from the medical specialty areas related to lupus. Council members advise and guide our efforts to: advance lupus research and treatment; advocate constructive public policies; and improve public and professional education. Through this Council we have access to some of the brightest and most...
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Dr. Manzi

Learn more about the care Brittney receives from Dr. Manzi, and how Brittney was able to take control of her life.

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Using our lupus Legislative Action Center, you can:

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Does Raynaud’s syndrome make it difficult for you to enjoy winter activities such as skiing, sledding, ice skating or building a snowman?

Ask the Experts: Winter Wellness
Like you, we are strongly concerned about efforts to repeal the ACA, as the law includes critically important provisions that help ensure families impacted by lupus have access to the care they need.

Last week, we worked with a coalition of more than 60 major national disease and disability organizations to urge the Congressional leadership not to repeal the ACA without replacing it with a...
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Coalition letter demands high quality affordable health coverage
Get your team started early so you can qualify for this year's Club 100 t-shirt! Raise $100 or more and Walk to End Lupus Now!

Walk to End Lupus Now 2017
"The last thing any of us want is people’s pity. What we want is their understanding. Understanding comes through conversation. Understanding can change the climate for people with chronic illness."

Why We Need to Bring Our Chronic Illnesses Into Conversation
"Chronic illness has become commonplace, and we have been poorly prepared to deal with it. Much of what ails us requires a more patient kind of skill...

Success, therefore, is not about the episodic, momentary victories, though they do play a role. It is about the longer view of incremental steps that produce sustained progress. what making a difference really looks like."

The Heroism of Incremental Care