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Venus Williams Battles Rare Sjogrens Syndrome

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Tennis star Venus Williams has been Diagnoised with Sjogrens Syndrome which has forced her to withdraw from the US Open. This disease effects more than 4 million Americans today.

Symptoms of Sjorgens Syndrome includes dry mouth and dry eyes, in some case this disease can effect the whole body. Click into here to find out more about the disease.

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Tennis ace Venus Williams pulled out of the US Open yesterday due to a battle with her toughest opponent yet, an energy-zapping autoimmunue disease that has left her so weak that she can barely raise her arms. “I enjoyed playing my first match here, and wish I could continue but right now I am unable to,” Williams said in a statement, reported by the Associated Press. “I am thankful I finally have a diagnosis and am now focused on getting better and returning to the court soon.”

The seven-time Grand Slam champion has been diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome. Up to four million Americans are living with this chronic condition, which can spark extreme fatigue, joint pain, and increased risk for developing lymphoma, a form of cancer, or other serious complications. Like many people with Sjögren’s, Williams suffered from symptoms for years without knowing what was wrong, but hopes that the treatments she’s now receiving will take effect within three to six months. Here’s a look at Sjögren’s syndrome and what it might mean for the.

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