Lupus News

Walk Ambassador Carissa Calascibetta

2021 Virtual run, WALK, ride ambassador, Carissa Calascibetta. LSI Associate Board member and walking for LSI Associate Board team. What kind of lupus do you have?I have SLE. When was lupus diagnosis?My lupus diagnosis was 3 years ago. How long did it take for a correct diagnosis?It took at least six years for a correct […]

A Patient Asks: Lupus & Cholesterol

LSI received the following question. Medical Advisory Board members facilitate answers to these questions. If you have a question, please forward it to or call 312-542-0002. Thanks to Dr. Shilpa Arora & Dr. Meenakshi Jolly for providing the answer to this patient’s question. Question: I would like to know how lupus might cause your […]

Lupus & Cancer Risk Article Review

By Dr. Robert Katz In a paper written by Rasmus, Westermann, and others, the authors ask the question as to whether cancer risk is increased in patients with skin lupus and systemic lupus compared to the general population. This is a Danish nationwide study. The authors conclude that the overall risk of cancer was significantly […]

Lupus & Pregnancy Article Review

By Dr. Robert Katz A research paper in the journal Lupus entitled, “The Importance of Pregnancy Planning in Lupus Pregnancies,” Rajendran, Euty, and other authors from Duke University Medical Center studied lupus pregnancy outcomes in those with planned pregnancies compared to those with unplanned pregnancies. The average age of the lupus women was 29.4 years, […]

Walk Ambassador Bill Evans & Patti Engstrom

2021 walk Virtual run, WALK, ride ambassadors, Bill Evans and Patti Engstrom, team captains of Evans and Engstrom Bike Team and an Executive Board member. Watch Bill & Patti’s 2020 interview here. What is your connection to lupus?On the LSI Board When was the lupus diagnosis?My family members were diagnosed Sister & Brother over 60 […]

Delayed Diagnosis Adversely Affects Outcome in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Article Review

By Dr. Robert Katz An article in the journal Lupus discusses delayed diagnosis. The conclusion of the authors is that a longer time to diagnosis was associated with worse outcomes. The average duration between the onset of symptoms and the diagnosis of lupus was almost four years. The longer the time to diagnosis, the higher […]

Walk Ambassador Donna Emery

2021 Virtual run, WALK, ride ambassador, Donna Emery. Team captain of Lupus Fighters 2021. What kind of lupus do you have?My Lupus is called SLE, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. When was lupus diagnosis?1999 by my doctor, Dr. Neompoceno. How long did it take for a correct diagnosis?Wow! Good question. I believe it was several years before […]

Walk Ambassador LaShon Gurrola

2021 Virtual run, WALK, ride ambassador, LaShon Gurrola. Team captain of Rush’ing Stars and is also on the LSI Associate Board team. LaShon is an LSI support group leader to the Rush University Medical Center and Elmhurst-Edwards Hospital. How did you first become involved in the Illinois Lupus Walk and the Virtual run Walk ride?I […]

Walk Ambassador Regina Casto

2021 Virtual run, WALK, ride ambassador, Regina Casto. Team captain of Paco’s Posse for 15 years!! What is your connection to lupus?My father BKA Paco When was the lupus diagnosis?1978 How long did it take for a correct diagnosis?2 years (Funny story my dad took one of us to the pediatrician and after talking to […]

Walk Ambassador Ailda Nika, MD

2021 Virtual run, WALK, ride ambassador, Ailda Nika, MD. Team captain of the Rush’ing Stars. Dr. Nika sees patients through the Rush Lupus Clinic and is instrumental in the annual LSI-RUSH Lupus Clinic Patient Education Event. What is your connection to lupus?I treat Lupus When did you first become aware of lupus in a personal […]

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