November 2019

A Letter from the President

Dear Friend,

Fall is in full swing! I hope this email finds you well and ready for the holidays - beginning next week with Thanksgiving!

And even though we're a week early, we want to start giving thanks to all of you, including:

Support Group Leaders who give so much of themselves and go out of their way to support the lupus community.

Medical Advisory Board members, who are present at our educational events, answer questions and care so much about the lupus community.

Associate Board members who take their energy and enthusiasm and raise funds and awareness for the lupus community.

Health Fair volunteers who spend hours answering questions and handing out information about lupus in their communities.

Office volunteers who show up week in and week out and help with everything from data entry to general office support.

And that's just a few of the individuals we are grateful for.  There are also Illinois Lupus walkers, sponsors, speakers, and donors.  

There is so much to be grateful for.  We couldn't achieve our mission without you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Together, we make lives better.

 Mary Dollear

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Lupus News
Dr. Robert Katz shared this article with readers.  Check for more “Latest News” for the lupus community 

In an article from China about predictors of a treatment response in patients with active kidney lupus, a reduction in urine protein levels and improvement in blood albumin levels at the third month were valuable for predicting remission (an inactive period of the disease).

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Volunteers Going the Extra Mile!

LSI super-volunteers Kay & Cecil Mimms attended the American Life Sciences Innovation Council recognition of Congressman Kelli on November 4th.  Congressman Kelly were recognized with the 2019 Champion of Healthcare Innovation Award. 

The Mimms reported that “This was a great opportunity for LSI and the other organizations to share their missions and needs for continued support from Congresswoman Kelly and her Colleagues.  We all thanked Congresswoman Kelly for the support she has given to the medical community.”

Thanks to Kay & Cecil for all they do for the lupus community.

Photos from 2019 Lupus Walks!

We are already planning the 2020 Illinois Lupus Walks!  We are looking for great photos to help promote these fantastic events.

Please forward your walk photos to and YOU may be featured in 2020 Illinois Lupus Walk promotions!

We've Got Your Back!

Running the Chicago Marathon?  Join Lupus Charity Runners!  We have an outstanding program that gets you across the finish line WHILE raising awareness about lupus!  Find out more about our team by contacting Mary at or call her at 312-542-0006.

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Fatigue & Lupus

A major problem for people living with lupus is fatigue – chronic debilitating fatigue that significantly decreases quality of life and increases the risk of work disability.

How does someone manage fatigue?  Finding strategies that work for you and for lupus patients in general is the purpose of the Lupus Intervention Fatigue Trial (LIFT).  


RUSH Lupus Study

The study is a 24 week randomized, double-blind controlled multicenter study followed by an open label extension treatment for another 24 weeks. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the correction of the omega-3 deficiency may reduce disease activity in SLE patients.

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