Sjogren’s, a disease you probably can’t see or pronounce, wreaks havoc on women
by Stacey Burling, STAFF WRITER
It took 10 years for Lisa Faricelli to get an explanation for the symptoms that were making her miserable.
“I’m seeing doctor after doctor, week after week, and I’m not getting anywhere,” the 66-year-old Lumberton woman said.
She now has what is considered a severe case that is affecting her internal organs.
The saddest part, her husband, Jack, said, is that she can’t even cry about her plight. She can no longer make tears. Without them, Lisa Faricelli said, crying is physically painful, not cathartic.
Faricelli was among nearly 500 people diagnosed with Sjogren’s who attended the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation annual patient conference recently in Cherry Hill. The meeting was a chance to catch up on medical developments, commune with others with the same symptoms, and raise awareness for a disease that is often invisible and hard to pronounce. (Sjo sounds like show.)
“It’s a very horrible disease and people need to know that it’s very difficult to live with, and it’s very hard on your family and your friends, and it’s very hard for you,” she said.
Steven Taylor, chief executive officer of the foundation, said nine companies are conducting trials for the condition, but no new treatments are imminent……
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