SoCal Myeloma Community: Practical Considerations for Living Well with Myeloma from Experts at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
SoCal Myeloma Community: Practical Considerations for Living Well with Myeloma from Experts at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center image
Aug 09, 2022 / 06:30PM - 08:00PM PDT
SoCal Myeloma Community Chapter

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Event Description

Join us for this virtual meeting with experts from the myeloma team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Our guest speakers included Christopher LoPiccolo, MSN, NP and LJ Amaral MS, RD, CSO. This dynamic myeloma nurse practitioner and dietician duo will share practical considerations and answer your questions regarding how to live well with myeloma. Topics will include following your labs, healthy diet, supplements, cannabis, exercise, prevention, care coordination and emotional support.

Schedule & Agenda

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Log-In, Virtual Mingle and Chat
06:25PM
SoCal Community Chapter Members
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Welcome and Introductions
06:30PM
Audrey, Todd and Diane
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Getting to know our SoCal Myeloma Community
06:35PM
Diane Kennedy
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Practical Considerations for Living Well with Myeloma from Experts at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
06:45PM
Christopher LoPiccolo, MSN, NP and LJ Amaral MS, RD, CSO
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Community Events Calendar/Open Forum
07:45PM
Diane and Todd Kennedy
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Virtual Mingle
07:50PM
SoCal Community Chapter Members

Speakers & Moderators

The panelist Audrey Burton-Bethke
Audrey Burton-Bethke

Audrey joined the HealthTree Foundation as the Myeloma Community Program Director in 2020. While not knowing much about myeloma at the start, she has since worked hard to educate herself, empathize and learn from others' experiences. She loves this job. Audrey is passionate about serving others, loves learning, and enjoys a nice mug of hot chocolate no matter the weather.

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The panelist Diane Kennedy
Diane Kennedy

Diane has lived in Southern California for most of her life. Her husband Todd was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2017. She spent her career working in marketing until January 2020 when she and Todd retired from their respective first careers, to devote their time and talents as patient advocates, Myeloma Crowd coaches, and ambassadors for City of Hope’s expansion to Orange County. She and her husband are committed to helping improve and advance cancer care for all patients and feel a collaborative, virtual support group that draws from this region is an excellent way to help current patients and their families, and future generations of cancer thrivers as well.

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The panelist Todd Kennedy
Todd Kennedy

Todd Kennedy is a Myeloma Coach and grateful patient. His background includes over 30 years working in the pharmaceutical industry until he and his wife Diane retired from their respective first careers to devote their time and talents as patient advocates, Myeloma Crowd coaches, and ambassadors for City of Hope’s expansion to Orange County. Todd is living life to the fullest with his wife and sons in Orange County, CA.

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The panelist L.J. Amaral MS, RD, CSO
L.J. Amaral MS, RD, CSO

L.J. Amaral, M.S., R.D., CSO, is a registered dietitian who is board certified in oncology nutrition. Amaral attended the University of Connecticut where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science. She then went on to get her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from NYU while completing her dietetic residency to become a registered dietitian at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. She is currently located in the outpatient cancer center at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, CA as a Clinical Research Dietitian. Amaral specializes in cancer nutrition for cancer prevention, during treatment, for survivorship, in therapeutic Ketogenic diets and in oncology nutrition research.

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The panelist Christopher LoPiccolo, MSN, NP
Christopher LoPiccolo, MSN, NP

He is a board-certified Nurse Practioner at Cedars-Sinai Medica Center, Los Angeles, CA, serving in the hematology department.

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