Author Archives: Rena Newman

Battling the Sjögren’s Blues With Creative Art Therapy

It happens. Everyone gets the blues from time to time. For us Sjögies, it can be the “Sjögren’s blues.” How could we not become a little glum when faced with the unique challenges that accompany this rare, lesser-known disease? There are various ways to battle the blues, but one of…

My Wooden Tooth Has Taught Me Important Lessons

Hello again! Given the title, you may be wondering if I really have a tooth crafted out of wood like George Washington. (Actually, I hear it’s a myth that he had wooden teeth.) And what could this wooden tooth possibly have taught me? Please read on to find out.

Is Your Jug Full? Welcome to ‘Diary of a Sjogie’

“Beep, beep, beep, beep!” The alarm crescendoed. It was 5:30 a.m., sometime in 2017. “Time to make the doughnuts!” I thought. After getting ready for work (on my own), I effortlessly marched out the front door. Later, while driving home after an extended shift, I decided to stop at the…