Faces of Sjogren's: Jennifer's Story

JenniferWhen I was diagnosed with Sjögren's, my first thought was...

“No way. I don’t feel that sick.” After several treatments for “sinus infections” over the span of a few years, my doctor decided to refer me to an Ear Nose & Throat specialist.  That doctor found no evidence of a sinus infection so he ran some blood tests that eventually led to a letter from the Centers for Disease Control diagnosing me with Lyme Disease.  

Frantically, my husband inspected for me a lingering tick.  We found nothing. It was 10 pm. I called my primary care doctor’s emergency line and was asked to report to the office first thing in the morning.  However, it was then that I learned that I didn’t have Lyme Disease- I had Sjögren's.

Since my diagnosis, I’ve met two amazing doctors who answer ALL of my questions even if I ask the same question twice because I need reassurance of my fate.  My husband has been unbelievably supportive. He makes sure that I’m on top of my health and doing everything I can to live as comfortably as possible.

I continue to live as vigorously and positively as I can because of the supporters in my life.  Sure my daily life has changed in many ways. I have to take medicine, use eye drops, make sure I get enough rest and take care of my body, but it’s worth it.  I will only get this one life and I’m going to LIVE IT and LIVE IT MEMORABLY!  


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