house resolution no.86

Reps. MacDonell, Wegela, Morgan, McFall, Grant, Stone, Conlin, Hood, Fitzgerald, Glanville, Jaime Greene, Haadsma, Hoskins, McFall, Morse and Rogers offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare April 2023 as Sjogren's Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Sjogrenís syndrome is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the whole body. While its most common symptoms are dry eyes and dry mouth, its symptoms can also include profound fatigue, chronic pain, and neuropathies; and

Whereas, Primary Sjogrenís means someone has only the syndrome. Secondary Sjogrenís occurs as a comorbidity with other immune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or scleroderma; and

Whereas, Sjogrenís can cause dry eyes, dry mouth, cavities, chronic oral thrush, and other symptoms; and

Whereas, Four million Americans have Sjogrenís. The condition can be challenging for both patients and physicians. Since most of its symptoms are invisible, many people living with Sjogrenís report that their experiences with the syndrome are not taken seriously. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to preventing severe complications; and

Whereas, Michiganders living with Sjogrenís or others interested in learning more about the syndrome can contact the Sjogrenís Foundation to learn more; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare April 2023 as Sjogren's Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.