Defy the Dry Campaign
Imagine constantly struggling to chew, swallow or speak and needing to drink more water to help, and then, running repeatedly to the bathroom as a result. A day like this would be difficult. Think about living every day like this.
For a person living with dryness, this is the average daily routine. When a person has Sjögren’s syndrome, their immune cells attack and destroy moisture-producing glands leaving them with hallmark symptoms such as dry mouth and dry eyes that can lead to many serious health problems if left untreated.
Reducing time from symptom onset to diagnosis is imperative for Sjögren’s patients. Right now, it takes approximately seven years for patients to be diagnosed. One reason for the delay in diagnosis is that patients wait too long to discuss their symptoms with doctors. Additionally, dryness is not always at the top of the list of symptoms that physicians address with patients during every visit.
The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation in collaboration with Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., recently launched the Defy the Dry™ campaign in an effort to educate the public about Sjögren’s syndrome and encourage people to talk to their doctors about their dryness symptoms. The Defy the Dry campaign hopes to ignite discussions about dryness related to Sjögren’s syndrome and ultimately, reduce the time to diagnosis by 50 percent within five years.
For more information on Sjögren’s, please use the patient-friendly website at www.DefytheDry.com, contact the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation by phone at (301) 530-4420, or visit the Foundation’s website at www.sjogrens.org.