Tina Berger

First post: Oct 5, 2016 Latest post: Jul 23, 2021
It was decades after my initial diagnosis of Sjögren's as a young teen that I started to gain understanding into the rare but serious systemic symptoms that come with the systemic autoimmune disease. A vast majority of patients with Sjögren's syndrome remain very healthy, experiencing the dry eyes and mouth, without any serious complications. I have not been so fortunate. After a major medical emergency in 2014, I would learn Sjögren's was much more than dry eyes. Combine it with other comorbidities and the progression is often unpredictable, complications exist, and it’s not always easy for those around me to understand why you can appear “just fine” and then not so well within the same day. The neurological complications have been the most difficult, effecting my central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. I appreciate your support, prayers and words of hope and encouragement as I journey through a disease that is progressive and one that so few understand.

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