October 30, 2007

National Magazine seeks to Interview Woman with Lupus

The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is working with a reporter from a major national women's magazine who is developing a story about how women cope with a chronic disease. The magazine would like to include a person with lupus prominently in the story.

The magazine is looking for a woman, between the ages of 30 and 50, who has kept her lupus a secret from friends, family, or employer. She can be someone who has recently made her condition known or someone who is still keeping it a secret. However, to be included in the story, the individual selected must be willing to have her name and place of residence publicly identified (e.g. Jane Doe of Washington, DC).

If you meet these criteria and are willing to participate in an interview, please send an email NO LATER THAN 9:00 A.M. EASTERN TIME, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2. Your email must include the following information in your response:
  • Name
  • Place of residency
  • Age
  • Daytime telephone number
  • Email address (if different from the address used to reply)
  • Short summary of your life with lupus: (e.g. type of lupus, when diagnosed, impact on your health)
  • Reasons for keeping your lupus secret: (e.g. fear of losing a job, relationship, friends, being excluded from social activities)
Emails and any questions should be directed to Duane Peters, Director for External Affairs, Lupus Foundation of America. He can be reached at peters@lupus.org.

Remember -- the deadline to respond is 9:00 a.m. Eastern time, on Friday, November 2.

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