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LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network)

LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network)

  • Jenny's Story

    Image: Jenny L.

    At LANtern, I have the opportunity to “vent out” to my peers and it often gives me a peace of mind afterwards.  It is comforting to know that I am not alone in this journey.  As a group, we can make our voice heard.

  • Vicki's Story

    Image: Vicki on the beach with her son

    I appreciate every opportunity to speak with our callers as it helps me understand that each person has different concerns and ways of dealing with lupus.  It is empowering to be able to educate others about this illness or answer some of their concerns.

  • Diana's Story

    Image: Diana Meng

    When my daughter Cindy was seven years old, she became very ill. We were very worried about her and did not know what was happening. The day that doctors told my husband and me the diagnosis changed our lives and Cindy’s forever.  She had lupus…a word we had never heard before.

LANtern® Lupus Asian Network is the only national hospital-based bilingual support and education program dedicated to serving Asian Americans with lupus and their families. Lupus, often “invisible”, can be isolating and hard to understand. LANtern is here to help.

LANtern also collaborates with health care, multi-service, and community organizations to enhance awareness of lupus as an important Asian American health concern. Lupus affects Asians two to three times more than whites, and the illness may be more severe among Asians. Lupus cannot be cured, but earlier diagnosis and treatment helps.

Hospital for Special Surgery's LANtern® Program, made possible through funding by Rheuminations, Inc., reaches out to the communities we seek to serve in cooperation with the following organizations: S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, Inc., Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Chinese Community Partnership for Health, New York Downtown Hospital, Hospital for Joint Diseases, and the Center for the Study of Asian American Health, NYU Langone Medical Center.