Being truly “supported” is a powerful feeling that many people with lupus long to have, and that can help enormously in riding out the emotional “rollercoaster” of life with this exhausting and unpredictable chronic illness. But there is support out there – Lupus LA’s support groups are here to help you learn more about lupus and how to cope with all of the stress that comes along with it.
Groups for all ages and parents at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Lupus LA hosts an adult support group in the Thalian Auditorium of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on the second Wednesday of every month. Guest speakers are scheduled every other month to discuss topics related to lupus including dental care, alternative therapies and coping with stressful situations. On average, 20 people with lupus and their supporters attend these meetings.
Time and Location:
Second Wednesday of the month from 7pm to 9pm
Harvey Morse Conference Center 1 & 2, Plaza Level
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Fourth Monday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Circle of Care Conference Room, Sherman Oaks Hospital
4929 Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Third Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Alhambra Civic Center Library, 2nd floor Conference Room
101 S. First Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
First Monday of every month from 7pm to 9pm
University United Methodist Church
18422 Culver Drive, Irvine, CA 92612
Adult Support Group for Spanish Speakers (En frente del hospital general USC)
Lupus LA hosts a Spanish-language support group at the Ahmanson Senior Center on the first Thursday of each month. Each month over 40 members gather together to share their stories and give each other support. Guest speakers are scheduled a few times a year to provide the group current and relevant information in Spanish.
Time and Location:
El primer jueves del mes de 7pm a 8:30pm
Clinica Oscar Romero
2032 Marengo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Second Saturday of every month from 10 am to 11:30 am
Mercedes-Benz of Ontario
Main Conference Room
3787 East Guasti Road
Ontario, CA 91761
Second Saturday of the month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Kaiser Permanente, Educational Outreach Program
4141 Maine Ave., Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(Individuals have the option to knit during the support group meeting. All materials are provided at the meeting)
Topic: Let’s Talk Lupus – General Support Meeting
Fourth Tuesday of every month from 10 am to 12:00 am
St. Mary Medical Center
Bechler Room, 2nd floor
1050 Linden Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90813
Meetings are held once every two months from 9-11:30 am at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. There are separate discussion groups for younger children, older teens, and parents (including a group for Spanish speaking parents). Each session focuses on a specific aspect of life with a rheumatic illness. Your family is welcome to attend one or all of the sessions. Siblings older than 5 years may participate in a supervised arts and crafts group during the meeting.
Sessions for 2013
June 8th, 2013
How do I deal with it all?
August 10, 2013
Can I eat this?
October 12, 2013
How do I speak up?
December 14, 2013
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
New Hospital Building Conference Center
4650 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Please park in the hospital visitors' parking lot. Parking validation will be provided.
For more information on any of these groups, please call or email Edlin Galvez, MA at 310-657-5667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.