Navigating Life with an Autoimmune Disease!
with Janet Church
Making Your Sjogren’s Journey Easier
Hi, I’m Janet, and I’m a Sjogren’s patient, entrepreneur, and patient advocate and President and CEO of the Sjogren’s Foundation. Sjogren’s changed my life drastically, but after 15 years of perseverance, I’ve learned a lot of tricks and tools to live my best life. In SjogrensLife, I share what I’ve learned to help you shortcut your learning curve and utilize new tools so you can live your best life — even while living with an Autoimmune Disease (or two)! I also share what it is like to perform and big job while living with Sjogren’s!
President and CEO, Sjogren’s Foundation; Tech Entrepreneur; Certified Professional Leadership Coach
Sjogren’s and Autoimmune Disease
Approximately 50 million Americans have an Autoimmune Disease. In comparison, cancer affects up to 9 million and heart disease by up to 22 million. There are approximately 100 Autoimmune Diseases with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes (Type 1), Lupus, and Sjögren’s Disease being among the more common diseases. It is common that a patient will have Sjogren’s, Lupus, and RA together, which is why they are sometimes called the “sister” diseases. Unfortunately, Sjogren’s is a somewhat unknown, hard to pronounce, and under-diagnosed disease, despite the fact tat there are approximately 4 million people in the U.S. that have it. This is “Why SjögrensLife” — the more people that talk about it, the more visibility the disease receives.
People sometimes refer to Sjogren’s disease as Sjogren’s Syndrome, Primary Sjogren’s, or Secondary Sjogren’s. There is no difference between these names — they are all Sjogren’s disease and there is an active global initiative to create the most applicable nomenclature around the disease.
Patients Report Dry Eye and Mouth
Additional symptoms and diseases include:
- Autoimmune Fatigue 80% 80%
- GERD 45% 45%
- Raynauds & Neuropathy 38% 38%
- Sinusitis 33% 33%
- Fibromylagia 29% 29%
- Autoimmune Thyroid Disease 23% 23%
- Rheumatoid Arthritis 21% 21%
- IBS 21% 21%
From the Living with Sjogren’s research conducted by Harris Polls for the Sjogren’s Foundation.
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