I’m Listening To What Matters

My blog the other day was about letting go of the cruelty, the madness of the world. To quote myself, I said, “You are all my friends in one way or another. I’m here for you — for your highs and lows and losses and misses. But I have to let go of the rest of the world.”

Day 2 and I’m still dumping the garbage. But I meant what I said when I said I’m here for you. 

I’ve been following the blog Wanton Word Flirt by my now friend Suzanne Wood. I’ve been following her for some time now, but it is only this month that I have found out so much more about her.

Suzanne is dealing with Sjogren’s Syndrome, a long-term auto-immune disease in which the moisture-producing glands of the body are affected. Dry eyes and mouth are only the beginning. Other symptoms include dry skin, a chronic cough, vaginal dryness, numbness in the arms and legs, feeling tired, muscle and joint pains, and thyroid problems.

I never knew much — if anything — about Sjogren’s. I couldn’t even pronounce it. But I really learned reading Suzanne’s blog.

This month is Sjogren’s Syndrome month, and she has shared all her ups and downs with the disease, the doctors, her emotions, and her life.

If you have some spare reading time, I highly encourage you to step over and read Wanton Word Flirt and learn how to help someone in your own world. Just learning about this disease and how it affects people is rewarding in itself.

Sharing knowledge and understanding about someone you know is much more rewarding than tears for someone you don’t.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “I’m Listening To What Matters

  1. Dearest Claudia, thank you so much for writing this blog post about Sjogren’s and including the link to my blog about my journey with this common – yet commonly under or misdiagnosed – autoimmune connective tissue disease. I appreciate your help in spreading awareness. We never know when someone may be suffering and struggling to get a diagnosis and our words may trigger them to finally get the diagnosis and treatment they need.

    I understand your frustration with the world right now, but I really like how you have encouraged your readers, especially with these words: “…learn how to help someone in your own world…Sharing knowledge and understanding about someone you know is much more rewarding than tears for someone you don’t.” WOW. Really made me stop and think.
    Thank you for these words, and for helping me. I am glad you are in my world. (((((HUG))))
    Suzanne

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    1. I am so glad I’ve found you and your blog — and your friendship. I used to think friends couldn’t be real on the Internet — the world is full of predators, liars, people who do nothing but take advantage of each other. But you have proved me wrong. I’m so glad we became friends and can share the ups and downs of each other’s lives with each other and our readers. You rock, my friend!

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      1. Yes she does. And from what ‘ve read it can be misdiagnosed as MS or other diseases. It is just something doctors need to take seriously. Most do. I’ve also read that 80% of those with Sjogren’s are women. Maybe that has something to do with it too.

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