The Not-So Grand Slam

I had to share this because I never thought I would have something in common with a world class tennis player.

Venus Williams and I both have Sjogren’s Syndrome; she was recently diagnosed and my heart goes out to her. I used to teach group exercise classes 5 or 6 times a week – okay, so it wasn’t professional tennis with enormou$ endor$ements. But I had 24 hours in a day and I did something for 23 of those until the summer of 2007. I went undiagnosed for a year and have to agree, the condition truly does suck the energy out of you, as Venus describes in this article.

Until you find a doctor who will work with you and help your quality of life it is a tough row to hoe. The good news is it is a manageable condition, although there is no cure. I take more medication than I would like and have drastically changed my diet and lifestyle in order to reduce inflammation. None-the-less, it helped me to see that even an incredibly physically fit person like Venus could become a fellow member of the Sjogren’s Club. I know she didn’t sign up for it and I certainly didn’t either. But we’re both in good company.

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