December, 2023

Bon Secours
I Didn’t See It Coming…But I’m Still Standing!

Thursday, December 7th, 2023, 7:00- 8:30pm EST

As the CEO of UNMUTED, a training and development company, Rachel Druckenmiller is on a mission to ignite resilience, connection, confidence, and compassion in organizations, leaders and teams. Recognized by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women of 2022, Forbes as a Next1000 honoree in 2021, the #1 Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. by the Wellness Council of America in 2015, and a 40 Under 40 Game Changer in 2019, Rachel is a national thought leader in the field of employee engagement and wellbeing.

All of us have moments when we feel knocked down and wonder whether we have the strength to get up and keep going. If we’ve learned anything in the past few years, it’s that we can expect more change and uncertainty in the future and that we have a tremendous ability to be resilient in the face of challenges. We may not get to choose what happens to us or around us, but we do get to choose how we respond to it.

What can we do to build our inner resources and become more resilient in the face of challenges? How can we learn to stay grounded and rooted instead of thrown off? How can we continue to learn from and inspire each other to stay hopeful, curious, and grateful in the midst of uncertainty? Join us for this session to learn the answers to those questions!

May, 2023

Bon Secours

Advances in Lyme Disease and Tickborne Disease Research

Wednesday, May 10th, 2023, 7:00- 9:00pm EST

Please join us as we welcome back physician-scientist John Aucott, MD, Director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Lyme Disease Research Center, for his 7th annual update and keynote talk to the Lyme Care Resource Center. Dr. Aucott will be discussing research advances in Lyme Disease and Tickborne Diseases, including an update on diagnostics, potential biomarkers, advanced neuroimaging, and future treatments.

Please join us for this valuable opportunity to learn from a renowned expert in Lyme disease.

April, 2023

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From Illness to Activism

Wednesday, April 19th, 2023, 7:00- 9:00pm EST

Join us as we welcome Olivia Goodreau presenting “From Illness to Activism” – a talk that is filled with new perspectives, hope and inspiration! Olivia will share some of her lyme journey and highlight how it led her passionate pursuit to help other individuals and families impacted by Lyme disease and tick-borne illness.

Olivia is the founder of LivLyme Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides financial assistance to children and their families struggling with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases while also supporting the work of researchers and scientists who are dedicated to finding effective treatments and cures for tick-borne diseases. Olivia is also the inventor of the free global TickTracker App, the Tickmojis App, and recently launched her latest free app, LongHaulTracker. Olivia founded the LivLyme Foundation in 2017 when she was 12 years old to raise money for children who cannot afford their Lyme treatments, to fund research to find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and to educate the world about ticks. Olivia has given over 100 financial grants to children ranging in age from 2-21 to help with their Lyme and tick-borne disease treatments. She has received nearly 1000 applications from 49 states. Olivia has given multiple scientific grants to Stanford University, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the University of New Haven.

Olivia’s memoir “But She Looks Fine – From Illness to Advocacy” launches May 9, 2023. So many people are faced with life-changing hardships— from illness and disease to loss and calamity. What Olivia discovers through her journey with chronic Lyme, and what she has been sharing with the world, is that inside of every predicament is also a possibility. This is the story of how Olivia turned the physical challenges and emotional hardships she had faced since she was a little girl into an engaged life of advocacy for others. Please join us on April 19th for this informative and uplifting presentation!

March, 2023

Bon Secours

Chronic Illness, Illness Identity, and Resilience

Tuesday, March 28th, 2023, 7:00- 8:30pm EST

Join us as we welcome back Pegah Touradji, PhD presenting Chronic Illness, Illness Identity and Resilience. This talk will discuss ways in which chronic illness can bring on an illness identity. Pegah will describe strategies for positive meaning-making to better cope with chronic illness, including acceptance-commitment therapy (ACT). The presentation will incorporate a group discussion about our resilience, particularly as survivors of chronic illnesses.

Pegah Touradji, PhD earned her doctorate from Columbia University. She completed post-doctoral fellowships in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology. She is an assistant professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University. Her current research examines cognitive functioning in those with post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). Clinically, she provides neuropsychological assessments to individuals with acquired or traumatic brain injury as well as those with neurological illnesses. She further provides psychological interventions to help with improved management of cognitive dysfunction through addressing related issues with sleep, fatigue, pain, and mood.