Today is World Sjogren’s Day.
I’m not a doctor, so it’s hard for me to explain this little know auto-immune disease to people when they ask about it. What I usually say is, “Well, it’s sort of like Lupus, but it targets parts of your body that make moisture.” And that’s an extreme over-simplification, but it gets the general idea across.
The Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation gives a slightly more scientific explanation without getting too technical:
“Sjögren’s is a chronic autoimmune disease in which people’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands.”
The SSF estimates there are currently four million Americans with Sjogren’s. My mom is just one of those people. Like IPF, there is no cure for Sjogren’s and the general treatment plan consists of throwing various drugs, ointments, and drops at the symptoms. For people with severe cases or who have organ involvement, doctor’s will often prescribe immunosuppressants.
Mom was given Imuran last summer, but that ended after two hospitalizations.
Please consider making a donation to SSF.