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Supportive assistance guide for your AE Journey~
October 2nd 2023 Edition
In this Issue~
- *Children’s Corner (for all ages): 37 Halloween Word Search Puzzles
- *ABI Rehabilitation: Roll a Halloween Story
- *Helpful Tips for the AE Warrior: AE Trivia Playing Cards
- *Most Popular Visuals: Halloween Group Therapy, Autoimmune Encephalitis Halloween
- *Featured AE Article: Multidisciplinary team saves teen from hallucinations with astute diagnosis
- *Podcast: Seronegative Autoimmune Encephalitis: clinical characteristics and factors associated with outcomes
- *Clinician’s Corner: Understanding Clinical Trials for Autoimmune Encephalitis Webinar
- *Open Access: Olfactory dysfunction after Autoimmune Encephalitis depending on the antibody type and limbic MRI pathologies
- *Monthly Zoom Support Groups for Patients & Caregivers: Caregiver Monthly Zoom Support Group, #AETuesdayTries for patients and caregivers
- *AE Studies & Clinical Trial: What is a Clinical Trial Video, Cielo Clinical Trial to Compare Satralizumab with placebo in anti-NMDAr and LGI1 patients, The IGNITE Study, The ExTINGUISH Trial
- *AE Trivia Cards: The Single Most Important Educational/Rehabilitation Tool for AE
- *AE Warrior Store: Shop for AE Bling and Raise Awareness. Check out our new arrivals
- *Shop & Support IAES: Sign up for PayPal’s #GiveAtCheckOut
37 Halloween Word Search Puzzles
Enjoy this fun-filled collection of 37 Halloween-themed word search puzzles. Word Search puzzles are a wonderful exercise to do for brain injury rehabilitation from Autoimmune Encephalitis. Re-learn and re-train your brain by developing problem-solving, attention span, organizational and analytical skills.
ABI Rehabilitation From AE
Roll a Halloween Story
Here’s a game to get you in the Halloween spirit and work on cognitive rehabilitation from brain injury due to AE. Roll the dice 3 times. Every time you roll, a different element of your story is revealed. Once you have finished rolling the dice, write or tell your story. Work on your: organizational skills, memory, cognitive, reasoning, and decision-making skills.
Helpful Tips for Patients & Families
AE Trivia Playing Cards
Most Popular Visuals
Halloween Group Therapy
Autoimmune Encephalitis Halloween
Featured AE Article
Multidisciplinary team saves teen from hallucinations with astute diagnosis
“I was going to get out of the never-ending hell of being a prisoner to my own mind.” – Abigail Aguilar
Through a multidisciplinary approach to her case, experts at Loma Linda University Health diagnosed Aguilar with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a neurologic disease caused by the body’s production of antibodies that attack a receptor in the brain causing inflammation. She was gifted a normal future by those who extinguished the fire in her brain.
Seronegative autoimmune encephalitis: clinical characteristics and factors associated with outcomes
In this episode we chat with Soon-Tae Lee, author of the article entitled: Seronegative autoimmune encephalitis: clinical characteristics and factors associated with outcomes.
Understanding Clinical Trials for Autoimmune Encephalitis
IAES will be hosting a webinar on Clinical Trials that is free and open to the public on November 16th. We went to the best AE expert on the topic, Dr. Jeffrey Gelfand, who enthusiastically accepted our invitation.
Everyone here has a stake in this. If we are to find a cure for AE as an end goal, we MUST have better treatments that are FDA-approved for Autoimmune Encephalitis (approved treatments worldwide) so patients are never denied treatment or experience treatment delays. A great deal of advocacy and understanding of AE had to take place to reach this point. This is HUGE! There are alternative treatments other than Rituxan that can help patients who don’t respond as we hope or can be more effective. There are also 3rd line treatments with extreme promise, but we need to run Clinical Trials to get them to all AE patients for better outcomes.
All of us need to understand how clinical trials are run and share that information with any AE patient we meet. Dr. Gelfand focuses on clinical trials for AE, has been a key researcher on the topic, and has moved the ball forward for all AE patients through his contributions.
Clinical trials provide free AE treatment, experts oversee your case and the health and best outcome of the patient is not compromised if you get a placebo. AE patients get the opportunity to receive a highly promising treatment and our forever thanks for helping all patients (present and future), have better outcomes.
The webinar will be recorded.
Olfactory dysfunction after autoimmune encephalitis depending on the antibody type and limbic MRI pathologies
The results of this study indicate that patients with NMDAR autoimmune encephalitis have normal long-term olfactory function. However, patients with non-NMDAR autoimmune encephalitis appear to have a persistently impaired olfactory function, probably mediated by encephalitic damage to limbic structures.
Monthly Zoom Support Groups For Patients and Caregivers
Caregiver Monthly Zoom Support Group
The next monthly meeting will take place on November 9th at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST. The IAES Caregiver Support Group takes place on the 2nd Thursday of each month. This is a ‘safe space’ where caregivers can build relationships/friendships with others who are “walking that walk”, share/vent, and receive the support and direction they so richly deserve.
AE Caregivers have a variety of unique challenges that are different from the AE Warrior’s. Often they feel alone and need to be able to share their concerns with others who are on that same journey. Sometimes hearing a chorus of ‘Me Too!’ can have great healing power of its own. Additionally, some of you may qualify for services you are unaware of that could assist or solve a challenge you (or your loved one) are having. As topics are discussed, your hostess, Mari Davis, will direct you to available solutions, services and supports.
Your Hostess, IAES Support Services Coordinator Mari Wagner Davis, has 30 years of experience as an accredited Nurse Case Manager. Mari’s professional career prior to becoming ill with Autoimmune Encephalitis was to locate and arrange for the support services needed for patients when released from the hospital to rehabilitation or home.
The next monthly #AETuesdayTries Zoom meet-up will take place on October 31st, and will always be the last Tuesday of each month.
“Tuesday Tries” addresses the emotional support and rehabilitation AE patients and caregivers require in recovering from autoimmune encephalitis by building your resilience. The program utilizes science-based exercises from the work of PERMA; Seligman, 2012.
IAES wants to foster your capacity in the belief that better days are ahead! “Tuesday Tries” is about practicing a strengths-based approach by “normalizing the try;” celebrating critical milestones in the recovery and care of AE patients and caregivers in order to build a more resilient network of care.
A workbook organizer, “Growing Your Resilience” has been created to accompany the #AETuesdayTries program and is located on the ‘Apps and Tools for AE Warriors’ page in the section: ‘Building Your Resilience’ on the IAES website under the ‘For Patients’ tab. A link to download the organizer is also provided within your e-mail confirmation when you register.
Join AE patients and caregivers of all ages and stages in their AE journey. Receive insights and encouragement from others and celebrate your critical milestones in recovery and care while building a more resilient personal AE network!
Your facilitator, Tessa McKenzie, IAES’ Chief Resilience Officer, is a life coach and studies “resilience” through her private practice, Envisage Vocation Creation and work with Johns Hopkins University’s Life Design Lab. Join Tessa and other AE patients and caregivers who are ready to “Share Your Try Tuesdays”. Tessa will provide prompts for the reframe of perceived failures as well as peer-to-peer validation of “wins” and opportunities for relationship building.
AE Studies and Clinical Trials
What Is A Clinical Trial (5-Minutes)
Cielo Clinical Trial to Compare Satralizumab with placebo in anti-NMDAr and LGI1 patients
The trial aims to show Satralizumab is safe and effective for the treatment of Autoimmune Encephalitis and become FDA-approved. Your participation will improve the lives of all future patients. Help us reach the best outcomes for all. Ask your doctor about this trial.
The ExTINGUISH Trial
The IGNITE Study
Your participation will help uncover that answer and your act of advocacy will eventually enhance lives! The first step to take is to fill out and submit the screening survey below.
Seronegative/antibody-negative patients can play an active advocacy role by distributing the IGNITE study flyer to their diagnosing doctor, and asking that it be posted at the infusion center you use, as well as hospitals and clinics you visit.
Sharing the flyer on your social media platforms will assist us in getting the highest level of participation possible.
AE Trivia Playing Cards
The perfect companion for patients, caregivers & therapists
We appreciate the National Organization of Rare Diseases’ (NORD) enthusiastic support in recommending this groundbreaking product.
AE Warrior Store
Shop for AE Bling and Raise Awareness
Shop & Support IAES Through PayPal’s
Donations raised are greatly appreciated and directly support research, patients, caregivers, and families through their journey so the best outcomes can be reached. Your contribution to our mission will help save a life and improve the quality of lives for others. Be a part of the solution by supporting IAES.
Driven by the knowledge that “Education is Power”, Int’l AE Society manages an educational support group for patients diagnosed with Autoimmune Encephalitis and their loved ones on Face Book, empowering them to be strong self-advocates and advocates that will lead them to best outcomes and recovery. We are the premiere organization leading in these vital roles.