The Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation is proud to join with Sjögren's groups throughout the world to help celebrate World Sjögren's Day in an effort to raise the profile for Sjögren's - a serious autoimmune disease affecting 4 million Americans!
The hallmark symptoms are dry eyes and dry mouth. Since many other things such as aging and medications can cause dry eyes and mouth, we are often sent from doctor to doctor. However, Sjögren's may also cause dysfunction of other organs such as the kidneys, gastrointestinal system, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas, and the central nervous system. Most of us experience extreme fatigue and joint pain.
Created to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Henrik Sjögren, a Swedish ophthalmologist, who discovered Sjögren's in 1933, World Sjögren's Day aims to increase awareness for Sjögren's while also stressing the need for further research and new diagnostics and treatments. On this day, we encourage patients, and their family and friends, to join together and have their voices heard. Make a pledge to educate others and help raise awareness for Sjögren's!
Ways you can help make a difference:
- Help raise awareness by talking to the people in your life. Share your personal story or that of a loved one with family, friends, neighbors or co-workers while educating them about the disease. You can download this fact sheet to help you. You can also share these facts on Facebook or Twitter.
- Make a donation to the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation in recognition of World Sjögren's Day or in honor of yourself or a loved one fighting the disease. Your support helps further the research and awareness efforts of the Foundation.
You can make a difference!