I was 18, in Chicago, a freshman in college. I woke up pissed because Pearl turned the tv on so early and I was so tired. We found out about it right away on the news. She thought it was an accident. I said no way. We watched the 2nd plane go into the building. No one really knew what to do so we just walked to class. When we walked out of our dorm room I remember seeing Crystal’s birthday decorations on her door. I had a class in the backside of the Art Institute. They had us sit in a room and watch it on the tv. They advised us not to leave. I think we might have seen the buildings fall there. I stayed for a minute and then was like I’m getting the fuck out of here, we are in a major institution. My sister was at work and we decided to meet half way at the “vagina” building. I called my parents, told them I was fine and that me and Carey were going to get out of the city. I’m pretty sure we took a bus (to avoid the trains) to boy’s town and we sat at a diner and stared in disbelief at the television.
I just went down to my car cause I left my book in it and a man dressed in really dark clothes made my heart start beating really fast. I knew he wasn’t supposed to be crossing through our gated parking lot. He passes me and walks up to our dumpster and jumps right in it. Luckily he was on a mission for trash and not young blonde girls that like to read.
Before this week, many people had probably never heard of Sjogren’s syndrome, one of the most prevalent autoimmune disorders. But the recent announcement by tennis star Venus Williams that she was suffering from fatigue and other symptoms related to Sjogren’s has brought needed attention to a troubling condition.
The disease often starts out as an uncomfortable feeling in the eyes and mouth, writes medical reporter Gina Kolata.
Patients say their eyes are dry and red, even though they are using eye drops. Often too, they say, their mouths are dry. Food is becoming tasteless. Some get swollen glands in their necks, making it look like they have mumps.