Home Safety Checklist

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Is Your Home Safe? – The Full Checklist When we think about home safety, we often think about protecting our families, ourselves, and our property from theft and violence. However, home safety is also about being able to live in our homes without fear of hurting ourselves or some part of the house causing us […]

Pregnancy and Lupus

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As an obstetrician I am asked on a daily basis by my Lupus patients if it is safe for them to become pregnant. The majority of the times, my response is “yes”.  However I emphasize the need to prepare well before attempting to become pregnant…. Obstetrics is a team sport and pregnant Lupus patients are […]

The Power of Advocacy

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As part of our patient education conference earlier this year, we moderated an advocacy panel featuring social workers Liz Morasso, LCSW, Juana Mata, CSW, and Jessica Rowshandel, LMSW. To start, they each defined what advocacy means to them. For example, Juana shared that she believes advocacy “means to be a voice not only for myself but for […]

New Year, New Beginnings

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Happy 2017! January is always a great month to reflect and create new goals for the year. Imagine into the future and in December 2017 thinking: Wow, this year was really great! I laughed a lot, experienced a lot, and achieved a lot! The important thing to remember when setting new goals is to take […]

Help #LupusLA #EraseLupus and #SeeHAMILTON

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There are more than 1.5 MILLION Americans with lupus and over 60,000 in Greater Los Angeles alone. If you could make a difference in someone’s struggle with lupus, what would it be? Would it be finding a cure? Discovering a new treatment? Offering words of encouragement or financial support? Or would it be something else? Help […]

Travel Tips: Have Pharmacy, Will Travel

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Nowadays, my brain seems to separate my life into two categories: 1) my “old” life (pre-diagnosis) and 2) my “new” life (post-diagnosis). The “old” Alexis tramped through airport security with the rest of humanity, lugging loaded bags and trying to endure fatigue. The “old” Alexis packed too much stuff, struggling to manage it all through […]

I Don’t Know Why

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In 1997 lupus happened to me.  The honest truth is that I spent some time wondering why I had lupus.  I didn’t do anything to deserve it but I did review my life trying to figure out how it all went so wrong. This period of introspect about why this happened to me began to […]

Chronically Happy: Helpful Book by Lori Hartwell

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Lori Hartwell has dealt with chronic illness since she was two years old when she first suffered kidney failure. Since that time, she has survived over 40 various surgeries, 13 years of dialysis, and four kidney transplants as well as all types of health issues related to being on meds for so long. When she […]