house resolution no.225

Rep. MacDonell offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare April 2024 as Sjogren's Syndrome Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.

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

Whereas, Sjogren’s can cause dry eyes, dry mouth, cavities, chronic oral thrush, and other symptoms; and

Whereas, Four million Americans have Sjogren’s. The condition can be challenging for both patients and physicians. Since most of its symptoms are invisible, many people living with Sjogren’s report that their experiences with the syndrome are written off as fictitious. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to preventing severe complications, so Sjogren’s and its symptoms should be taken seriously; and

Whereas, Interest in the syndrome among federal legislators has prompted an effort to secure federal funding for research on the causes of Sjogren’s syndrome and possible treatments; and

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

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare April 2024 as Sjogren's Syndrome Awareness Month in the state of Michigan.