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Venus Williams Diagnosed With Sjogren’s Syndrome

Posted by Connie on Monday, September 5th, 2011 at 5:18 pm and is filed under Autoimmune Disease, Chronic Illness, Health Information, News.
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Venus Williams withdrew from the US Open because of her diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome. Her decision to drop out of the US Open came at the last minute, when she was having trouble lifting her arms. Ms. Williams stated in an interview on Good Morning America that she hasn’t been feeling well for a while. She complained of not having stamina, but there was no diagnosis from that. Then she began having difficulty breathing and was diagnosed with Asthma, but medications to treat Asthma didn’t work.

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Over the summer, her joints began to hurt and change shape. She lost the feeling in her hands, which began to swell and feel numb. The overwhelming fatigue began to interfere with playing tennis as well. Then the dry eyes and mouth became noticeable. With these symptoms, she was able to get a diagnosis. Venus William has begun treatment for Sjogren’s Syndrome and hopes to go back to tennis again, but admits that she doesn’t know what her future holds. She is like me learning to live with Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Ms. Williams is knowledgeable about the symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome. She stated, “If you have joint pain, dry eyes, dry mouth and feel like you wake up with a cold every morning, but you don’t have one, then you know something is wrong.” She understands that this is a chronic illness without a cure, but that treatment is available. It’s good to know that Venus Williams has come forward with her diagnosis and is helping to share information with the public. I wish her the very best.

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4 comments

  1. It’s really unfortunate that she has Sjogren’s Syndrome, but she will be a fantastic spokesperson for it. She is amazing and full of fire; she will bring it to the public consciousness.

    comment by Erin — September 5, 2011 @ 5:34 pm
  2. I hope that she does become a spokesperson for Sjogren’s, Emily. I know that the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation has been looking for a celebrity spokesperson for a while. It does take a time commitment though, so we’ll have to wait and see what she decides to do.

    comment by Connie — September 10, 2011 @ 7:40 am
  3. It is hard to see those who once were so agile and strong be weakend by a sickness. It is good to see that she has got it diagnosed and can now treat her problems. The medical field is advancing so fast and we are able to do so much more today than we were yesterday along with that is the advancments made in mobility aids. We have the ability to help those who aren’t able to move around quite as easly as they would like or should be able too. There are lifts, scooters, and things to help out in just about every aspect of a persons life from the bathroom, kitchen to the car. It is great to know that many lives are bettered by these mobility aids.

    comment by George Wilson — October 25, 2011 @ 12:56 pm
  4. Venus, I wish you the very best. I guess I had ss for a long time. I found that doctors did not listen to me (because I am a woman) I have most of the symptoms. The thing that got me a diagnosis was cataract removal. It really made my eyes sooo much worse. Miserable all day every day. Please don’t have the surgery until you REALLY have to when you get older. It has ruined my quality of life. I could have waited at least 2 years probably. The opthamoligist I went to for the problem, took 3 visits and then told me I had SS. I said how do you know? He said He KNEW I DID. I have research it and he was right. My family doctor only said “You don’t have Sjogrens!” Never offered to do any test or send me to a rhematologist. Venus, I am so glad you found out early. Treatment works better that way. Best of Luck, and God’s Blessings on You. Eleanor

    comment by eleanor doub — January 12, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

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