Here is our second ‘Trustee story’, this time from Katharine. 

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When I was first diagnosed, I didn’t even know that there was a patient association in my country, let alone a European umbrella organisation working towards common goals on behalf of other European associations.

I haven’t been able to work for a few years due to different auto-immune diagnoses, one of which is lupus, but, now that I am being better followed up and have a better medication regime, I realise I can do a little to help out.

When I learned that LUPUS EUROPE were looking for nominations to be a trustee, I was interested but absolutely terrified of not being able to do the job. Unlike some people within LUPUS EUROPE, I don’t have experience of running a national patient association and I also hadn’t used my work skills for a few years so felt rusty and lacking in confidence.

In the years prior to applying to becoming a trustee, I had been helping out by attending certain important events, representing LUPUS EUROPE at EPF & IAPO. I realised when attending these events that I would do a far better job if I were more closely involved in what was going on within LUPUS EUROPE.

That realisation is what eventually decided me and, with assurance that I wasn’t applying for a specific role – I felt so unsure of what I would be able to do – I decided to take the plunge and put my name down.

It is obviously an important commitment but it is also a very flexible one. Every trustee does what they are able to do and the whole team works together to best harness the skills each person may have.

Our conference calls and face-to-face meetings are busy and animated. We are all very much encouraged to give our opinion. We don’t always agree but work together to find the best way forward. The amazing thing about being involved in any LUPUS EUROPE and patient advocate activity is the ‘energy’ in the room. People may expect a room full of sick people to be a dull place but nothing could be further from the truth. Of course, as a lupus patient, I get tired, but that energy truly makes me feel alive!

I have found this challenge to be very rewarding personally. I am able to bring unused skills back up to date and have discovered more about how I can develop as a person and what I’m really good at. I work with a wonderful and dynamic team and have met many other like-minded people through events I attend on behalf of LUPUS EUROPE.

And the best thing… I’m helping move things forwards for lupus patients across Europe.

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🔊 Calling all #lupus patients!

🗣️Your voice matters, and we want to hear your story! ERN RECONNETET is on a mission to collect the invaluable experiences of European #SLE patients, and we need your input to make a difference 🌍.

📣 ERN ReCONNET has designed a survey specifically tailored for systemic lupus erythematosus patients.

This survey is a unique opportunity for you to share your journey, perceptions, and point of view regarding your care pathway.

🎯 This initiative aims to shed light on how patients perceive their lupus journey, raising awareness about the challenges along the way.

🌟 Your stories will not only contribute to understanding the patient experience but could also help shape future actions to enhance patient care across Europe.

📚 The stories collected will be compiled into an anonymous book that will be published by ERN ReCONNET and/or Lupus Europe, serving as a powerful resource for patients, clinicians, and advocates alike.

👉 If you're a Lupus patient, we invite you to participate in the survey, available in 14 languages.

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💪 Let your voice be heard! Join us in making a positive impact on lupus care in Europe!

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🔊 Calling all #lupus patients!

🗣️Your voice matters, and we want to hear your story! ERN RECONNETET is on a mission to collect the invaluable experiences of European #SLE patients, and we need your input to make a difference 🌍.

📣 ERN ReCONNET has designed a survey specifically tailored for systemic lupus erythematosus patients. 

This survey is a unique opportunity for you to share your journey, perceptions, and point of view regarding your care pathway.

🎯 This initiative aims to shed light on how patients perceive their lupus journey, raising awareness about the challenges along the way. 

🌟 Your stories will not only contribute to understanding the patient experience but could also help shape future actions to enhance patient care across Europe.

📚 The stories collected will be compiled into an anonymous book that will be published by ERN ReCONNET and/or Lupus Europe, serving as a powerful resource for patients, clinicians, and advocates alike.

👉 If youre a Lupus patient, we invite you to participate in the survey, available in 14 languages. 

🇩🇰 Danish: https://bit.ly/SLEStories_Danish 
🇳🇱 Dutch: https://bit.ly/SLEStories_Dutch2 
🇬🇧 English: https://buff.ly/3vbkRss 
🇫🇮 Finnish: https://bit.ly/SLEStories_Finnish 
🇬🇷 Greek: https://bit.ly/SLEStories_Greek 
🇮🇸 Icelandic: https://bit.ly/SLEStories_Icelandic 
🇮🇹 Italian: https://bit.ly/SLEStories_Italian 
🇱🇹 Lithuanian: https://bit.ly/SLEStories_Lithuanian 
🇵🇱 Polish: https://bit.ly/SLEStories_Polish 
🇵🇱 Portuguese: https://bit.ly/SLEStories_Portuguese 
🇪🇸 Spanish: https://bit.ly/SLEStories_Spanish 
🇸🇰 Slovak: https://bit.ly/SLEStories_Slovak 
🇫🇷 French: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/SLE_RarERNPath_stories2023_French 
🇩🇪 German: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/SLE_RarERNPath_stories2023_German 

💪 Let your voice be heard! Join us in making a positive impact on lupus care in Europe!

🌟 Lupus Europe has proudly contributed to this important project that aims to give a voice to the Lupus community across Europe. 

Our collaboration with ERN ReCONNET underscores our commitment to improving the quality of care and understanding the unique journey of lupus patients.
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Silvia's journey is one of inspiration and empowerment, driven by a deep personal connection to her cause. We invite you to learn more about her incredible story and the invaluable contributions she continues to make ⤵️

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We are thrilled to announce that Silvia, who is an honorary member of the Lupus Europe Patient Advisory Network (PAN), has been honoured with the prestigiouEURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europepe 2024 Black Pearl Award for her exceptional volunteerism! 🏆

Silvias impactful work at tAsociación Española Síndrome Antifosfolipídico - SAF Españaaña (APS Spain) has made a profound difference in the lives of many, while her representation of antiphospholipid syndrome in European networks and committees liERN RECONNETNET and the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology’s PARE patient committee showcases her unwavering commitment to advocacy.

Silvias journey is one of inspiration and empowerment, driven by a deep personal connection to her cause. We invite you to learn more about her incredible story and the invaluable contributions she continues to make ⤵️ 

https://www.eurordis.org/black-pearl-awards-2024-adela-and-silvia/ 

Lets join together in celebrating Silvias well-deserved recognition! 🎉
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