Faces of Sjogren's: Sheila's Journey

SheilaWhen I was diagnosed with Sjögren's, my first thought was…

"Thank goodness I FINALLY have a diagnosis, and now I know I'm not crazy!"

All the classic signs were there- lots of dental work growing up, my eyes would feel so dry that I thought my eye lids were stuck to my eyeball, and constant dry mouth.  But in August of 2007, something went wrong, and I felt like I had the flu that just wouldn’t go away.

That’s when I went to my family doctor and that set things in motion. I was diagnosed in January 2008. Being a teacher of students with severe special needs for the last 24 years, I was always advocating for “my kids.” Flexibility was a keyword in my vocabulary.

Unfortunately, I am no longer able to do that job due to my health, but the one thing I have learned is to now advocate for myself and all the other people who are dealing with Sjögren’s. Every single one of my Facebook friends now know what Sjögren’s is!  

Flexibility and a good sense of humor is what helps me to get through the day, as well as loving family and friends. Spread the word & educate…You never know what a difference you might make!


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