The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone, but this time of year can present unique challenges for people with myositis.

Megan McGowan and Lauren Burgess, occupational therapists with extensive experience working with the myositis community, joined MSU together with myositis patients for a conversation about getting through the holiday season.

Topics we discussed include managing fatigue, travel, meal preparation, conversations with family about myositis, and coping with holiday stress.

Stay tuned for the next discussion with Megan and Lauren.

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Our speakers for the session

Megan McGowan, Occupational Therapy
Megan McGowan received her M.S. in occupational therapy from Keuka College of Keuka Park, NY in 2012. Megan has been practicing at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for 5 years. Her clinical focus has been within acute care and within the Johns Hopkins Myositis Clinic. Megan has a clinical specialty in myositis and has been working in the clinic for 4 years. She has presented nationally at The Myositis Association conference and has held an active role in research studies being performed within the Johns Hopkins Myositis Clinic.

Lauren Burgess, Occupational Therapy
Lauren Burgess received her master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2015 at the University of Southern California. At Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center she practices in the acute care setting, working with a variety of patient populations. She is also one of two primary occupational therapists for the Johns Hopkins Myositis clinic, where she works collaboratively with other providers to offer a patient-centered, multi-disciplinary approach to care.

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