Have you heard of Sjogren’s syndrome?
Here is what it is. Sjogren’s syndrome is a disorder of the immune system that is incurable. Some of the symptoms are inflammation of the joint, fatigue, pain, dry eyes, and dry mouth. And apparently, even a person who is as fit as Venus Williams could be afflicted.
Williams had complained in the past of tiredness and pain but it was not only last summer that she was diagnosed with this disease. Because of this, she only played one game for the U.S. Open in August. It was a real blow to the seven-time Grand Slam winner who might not be able to play her favorite sport ever again.
Sjogren’s syndrome sadly, has no conventional remedy so no matter how powerful you are or how much money you’ve got, science still has no cure for it.
This is the reason why, upon the recommendation of her sister Serena Williams, Venus is shifting to vegetarianism. She gave up on meats and dairy and shifted to a raw, vegan diet. This is just one of the holistic regimens that she will undergo in order to ease the symptoms, if not to totally cure it.
It has been noted that the symptoms of Sjogren’s disease is similar to fibromyalgia. And in 2001, it was discovered that fibromyalgia patients responded well to a vegan diet. So Williams is hoping that her symptoms will also diminish.
Williams told People Magazine, “I would go to the doctor and start crying. I couldn’t help it. I just want a chance to play on the same field as other people, I want to feel normal, but as frightening as the diagnosis was, it was also a relief.
And after she pulled out of the U.S. Open, Venus was quoted as saying, “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 realized it would be a miserable show.”
In order to support her sister, Serena will also shift to the vegan diet. Tennis fans are really hoping that Venus Williams will win her battle against Sjogren’s syndrome and be back on the field once again.