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Lupus support group continues to educate on rare disease

By Adam Dodson | The Selma Times-Journal

The Wellness in Living with Lupus Successfully group has another meeting scheduled Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the first-floor classroom of the Vaughan Regional Medical Center medical tower.

The group, established only a few months ago, aims at helping people in Dallas County and the surrounding communities in understanding Lupus disease and how to live with it or help a family member.

Lupus, an inflammatory disease that can cause discomfort as well as rashes on the face, is a disease that WELLS member Jackie Moultrie says is difficult to understand. Moultrie, whose daughter has Lupus, knows that people need somewhere to get reliable support.

“It is a mysterious disease that is hard to diagnose. We both could get diagnosed for different reasons,” Moultrie said.

“Sometimes patients forget all their symptoms and they don’t tell the doctor. These meetings help them organize. They cannot forget. It is very important for them to explain specifically what is going on.”

Understanding that there is a variety of needs in the Lupus community, the WELLS support group aims at a broad scope of topics.

The week one meeting was an introduction into all the other people in the room with Lupus or with a loved one diagnosed with the disease.

Week two was focused on coping with stress caused by living with Lupus.

This week is focused on the organization in dealing with the level of medical attention required for a patient.

According to Moultrie, the meetings average around 11 to 12 people in a tightly-knit group, and all are welcome to come.

Meeting the fourth week of every month, WELLS aims at more successful support meetings down the future.

The guest speaker for today’s event is Dr. Jada Rhymes. For more information about the event, contact (334) 419-1598.