‘I Won’t Let It Beat Me:’ Venus Williams Opens Up About Being Diagnosed With Incurable Sjogren’s Syndrome At 31

The two times U.S. Open winner explained to People: ‘I couldn’t raise my arm over my head, the racket felt like concrete. I had no feelings in my hands. They were swollen and itchy. I realised it would be a miserable show.’


After she sensationally dropped out of the U.S. Open in August, tennis star Venus Williams revealed she was suffering from an incurable immune system disease that threatened to end her career.

Less than four months later, as she learns more about Sjogren’s Disease and makes the adjustments in her life to better deal with it, the 31-year-old opens up about how it has affected her life.

Speaking to People magazine about her illness, she said: ‘I’ve been going hard the past few weeks and it scares me, I need to avoid stress or I’ll get sicker and go backwards.’

Read More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2079539/Sjogrens-Syndrome-Venus-Williams-opens-incurable-disease.html

4 replies
  1. Maria Marino says:

    One thing I want to take issue with and maybe someone can inform me. It said the Medicines for Sjogrens can be very aggressive and cause Lupus or other issue? I think if you have sjogrens there may also be another silent autoimmune disease lurking, yes? Correct me if I’m wrong. Maybe she meant MS type symptoms not Lupus….she’s fairly new to the autoimmune diease community, so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.

  2. elaine.gaulden says:

    Miy diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis was given about 10 days after being hospitalized with pneumonia. A disease I’ve never had. When I awoke one morning unable to stand, I knew I had to get to my Dr.. he took blood and the diagnosis was Rheumatoid Arthritis. A disease that can cripple
    At this time I’m seeking an RA practice in Virginia near Quantico. I welcome advice on pain management, diet and general health care. I want to hear what does and does not work.
    I wish you all a safe and Blessed~ New Year.


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