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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Do you have #lupus?

Are you 18-30 years old and a volunteer of your national lupus group or interested in volunteering? In that case, get in contact with us and join us for exciting opportunities to exchange ideas and have some fun!

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Do you have #lupus?

Are you 18-30 years old and a volunteer of your national lupus group or interested in volunteering? In that case, get in contact with us and join us for exciting opportunities to exchange ideas and have some fun!

Send an email to zoe@lupus-europe.com and we will tell you more …
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In Lupus Europe, we work hard to fulfil our mission. A very important part of that work is to not only be successful in the projects we undertake, but to have high standards and to work collaboratively with #lupus patients, our member organisations and also with lupologists! 

This morning we had a medical roundtable meeting, where we had the opportunity to discuss our Strategic Plan for 2023-2028 with a team of incredible lupologists: Professors Arnaud, Houssiau, Limper, Mosca and Schneider gave us incredibly useful feedback today and we had a very productive meeting with them!Image attachment
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We are delighted to announce the start of our annual #KickLupus competition! Send your submission in the format of your choice (drawing/video/writing) & tell us:
How has volunteering for a #lupus organisation helped change your life?
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We are delighted to announce the start of our annual #KickLupus competition! Send your submission in the format of your choice (drawing/video/writing) & tell us: 
How has volunteering for a #lupus organisation helped change your life? 
Amazing prize to be announced soon!
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Have you read our latest newsletter?
Read all about it by going to
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Have you read our latest newsletter? 
Read all about it by going to
https://mailchi.mp/lupus-europe.org/lupus-europe-newsletter-november2022

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