Lupus Support Group

Free Monthly Support Groups

Come to our free monthly support groups where we meet, talk, network, and share stories and information. These are free events and everyone is welcome – lupus patients, family members, and friends.

Our Carlsbad group meets on the second Wednesday of the month and our San Diego group meets on the third Saturday of the month.

Next Carlsbad
Meeting

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
5 – 6:30 p.m.

Location:
Harding Community Center
3096 Harding St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Topic

Managing Your Lupus/How to Take a More Active Role
with Dojo Aguilar from GlaxoSmithKline

We'll begin our meeting with a brief talk from Dojo Aguilar, Specialty Patient Engagement Liaison at GlaxoSmithKline. He'll give an overview of SLE and the immune system, and discuss the importance of taking a more active role in managing your lupus.

 

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by guest speakers belong solely to those speakers, and not necessarily to our organization, committee, or other group or individual.

Dojo Aguilar GlaxoSmithKline

Guest Speaker

Dojo Aguilar, BSN, RN, MSN
Specialty Patient Engagement Liaison
GSK US

Dojo Aguilar is a graduate of the Cebu Institute of Medicine College of Nursing and the University of the Philippines. He began his nursing career over 28 years ago as a trauma nurse and Associate Clinical Professor in the College of Nursing. He has over 23 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry in various roles.

Dojo, a native of the Philippines, currently resides in Murrieta, CA with his wife and their 3 teenage daughters. He is a member of the American Nurses Association, the California Nurses Association, and the Rheumatology Nurses Association. He is an active member of his church. He also volunteers his time with a local organization serving the homeless and shares his expertise as a nurse at a senior living facility. During his leisure time, he enjoys cooking, traveling, dates with his wife, and spending quality time with his family.

Next San Diego
Meeting

Saturday, October 19, 2019
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location:
United Way Building
First Floor Conference Room
4699 Murphy Canyon Rd.
San Diego, CA  92123

Topic

Lupus Advocacy

We’ll start our meeting with a discussion about lupus advocacy. Lupus can be overwhelming and a key part of managing your lupus is advocating on your own behalf with healthcare professionals. We’ll review some ideas to effectively work through the journey of diagnosis, treatment, and lifestyle.

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by guest speakers belong solely to those speakers, and not necessarily to our organization, committee, or other group or individual.

Upcoming Support Group Topics

October 9, Carlsbad – Managing Your Lupus/How to Take a More Active Role with Dojo Aguilar from GlaxoSmithKline
October 19, San Diego – Lupus Advocacy
November 13, Carlsbad – Topic TBD
November 16, San Diego – Focusing on the Caregiver with Panel of Experts in Recognition of National Family Caregivers Appreciation Month
December 11, Carlsbad – Topic TBD
No San Diego support group in December – Join Team Lupus Foundation of Southern California at the Lupus Research Alliance San Diego Walk With Us at Liberty Station on December 8!

2020 Support Group Topics

January 18, San Diego – Social Security Disability Benefits Filing and Legal Assistance with Candace Byszewski from Disability Help Center San Diego
February 15, San Diego – Understanding and Qualifying for Clinical Trials with Alan Guevara from TriWest Research Associates
March 21, San Diego – A Man's Journey with Lupus with Emmitt Henderson, III
April 25, San Diego – Doctors Panel Discussion (Panel will be held in place of April's San Diego support group.)
May 16, San Diego – Caring for an Adult with a Chronic and Disabling Condition with Southern Caregiver Resource Center

View past support group topics and information.