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Join me in my efforts to support the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation! Our Virtual Texas Walk is Saturday, June 26th and is our one and only annual Dallas event aimed at raising funds and awareness for Sjogren's.
My Personal Story
I was diagnosed with Sjogren's during the summer of 2013 after experiencing a myriad of symptoms. This disease stopped me in my tracks in 2016 when I was diagnosed with Shingles in the trigeminal nerve in my face and scalp. The combination of Sjogren's and Shingles shut down my immune system and a handful of infections followed over the next few months. Since 2018, I've been battling organ involvement with Interstitial Cystitis (bladder) and GI (small intestine infections, SIBO), as well as moderate peripheral neuropathy. Sjogren's has been a life changing event for me.
Managing my Sjogren's has required a full life-style change. I traded in my corporate career to become a Certified Executive Coach, a career that brings me joy and less stress as I have the flexibility to manage my own schedule. I work with a holistic nutritionist to eat clean (gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, no processed foods), to minimize inflammation. I practice self-care by listening to my body, resting when needed and following a strict bedtime schedule ensuring I get restorative sleep. Staying centered, reducing stress, exercising and incorporating meditation have all been significant game-changers in my efforts to stay ahead of this disease. Most importantly, having a phenomenal team of doctors and a strong support system are critical allies in battling this disease.
There is no cure and Sjogren's is a progressive disease. I am committed to working with the Sjogren's Foundation in raising awareness and funds for further research and education and we need your help! Together we will make a difference toward conquering Sjögren's!
What is Sjogren's?
Sjögren's is a serious autoimmune disease that attacks your moisture-producing glands. It causes debilitating joint pain, fatigue, dry eyes, dry mouth, neurological issues and can affect major organs. There are few treatment options and many come with serious side effects. The SSF continues to makes great strides advancing treatments through clinical trials. For now, Sjogrens is an incurable disease.
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