Venus Williams sends a message of hope to those suffering from the same autoimmune disease as hers

Venus Williams is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. The 41-year-old had an illustrious career that spanned over two decades. She faced various challenges at different stages of her career. Having learned tennis from an early age, she, along with her sister Serena Williams, ran the court. Today, the legend is an inspiration to younger generations for the courage and determination she showed.

Venus has faced professional and medical challenges on her path to success. The 41-year-old suffered from Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects approximately 4 million people in the United States. After overcoming the disease, Venus worked hard to spread awareness of the disease.

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Venus Williams shares an article on World Sjogren’s Day

It is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the whole body. With symptoms of extensive dryness. Venus started having these issues in 2004. However, the 41-year-old ignored the symptoms for a long time. Later, at some point, it became career threatening.

After recovering from the illness, Venus is doing her part to raise awareness. Recently, she shared a post on her Instagram Story, about World Sjogren’s Day.

“For those (with) a chronic illness, this day is for you”, she wrote in the caption.

A few years ago, Venus shared what she went through.

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“No matter how hard I worked, I was exhausted, out of breath and never felt well. It was really frustrating. My symptoms got progressively worse, to the point where I couldn’t play professional tennis anymore. she said.

Venus Williams is back in action

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Venus surprised her fans when she took to the court to play doubles at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. Moreover, the 41-year-old is also set to make her singles comeback. The former world number 1 will play in a few events in Washington DC and Toronto.

Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after winning a match point during her first round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania on day two of the Australian Open 2019 at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia . (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

With the US Open not too far away now, this indicates the 41-year-old plans to compete in the final Grand Slam of the year.

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