Legendary Tennis Player Venus Williams announced this week that she has been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome and will be withdrawing from the U.S. Open. The debilitating auto-immune disease has been affecting her game for awhile and the star appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday morning:
“I think I’ve had issues with Sjogren’s for a while. It just wasn’t diagnosed,” Williams said. “The good news for me is now I know what’s happening. I had trouble with stamina,” Williams said, adding that her doctor diagnosed her with exercise-induced asthma four years ago. But it wasn’t until this summer, when she developed more definite symptoms, that an accurate diagnosis was made. I had swelling and numbness and fatigue, which was really debilitating. I just didn’t have any energy. And it’s not that you don’t have energy; you just feel beat up.” [ READ MORE ]
The year-old said she is happy she knows what has been bothering her all this time and does plan on returning to Tennis when her health is in better shape. Until then, she is taking some online business classes to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
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