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Stepping Outside Of My Comfort Zone

On July 3rd, I started a thirty day Kickstarter campaign to try and raise money to self publish my first book, Tales From The Dry Side: The Personal Stories Behind The Autoimmune Illness Sjögren's Syndrome. You can read more about the Kickstarter campaign on my blog entry: Tales From The Dry Side Kickstarter Project. The long and short of it is that I am trying to raise $7,000 by August 3rd. It is an all or nothing venture which means that I need to raise all of the money or I receive nothing to publish the book. If people want to donate, they go to my Kickstarter website where they pledge whatever dollar amount they want, as little as $1.00, and their credit card is not charged until the deadline and ONLY if all $7,000 is raised. The $7,000 that is raised is used to publish the book and includes a lot of services which you can read about on my Kickstarter page. It also includes fees and the cost of rewards as it works on a rewards system based on your level of donation.

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Excerpt From Tales From The Dry Side

It is pretty common knowledge by now that I have written a book called Tales From The Dry Side: The Personal Stories Behind The Autoimmune Illness Sjögren's Syndrome. It is a compilation of thirteen personal stories told by people with Sjögren's syndrome. I am attempting to self publish the book through a company called Outskirts Press and I am doing a funding campaign through in order to get the book published.

Kickstarter works as a rewards system funding platform which means that financial contributors can elect to receive a reward from the author based on their donation level. Rewards start at $25 but the minimum donation is only $1.00. In order to donate you must sign up on Kickstarter and have an Amazon account because Amazon handles the money exchange at the end of the project which in this case is August 3rd at 5:30pm. If you do not have an Amazon account, it is very easy to sign up for one. I have been told by contributors that the entire process tak…

Dry Mouth

I was recently asked by a representative of Nuvora, Inc. if I would be willing to write a blog entry about dry mouth and also review one of their products. Just for the record, I have not been financially compensated (unfortunately!) in any way. This is an unbiased review. What is interesting is that in three years of writing this blog, I have never written about my Sjögren's related dry mouth. I am not sure exactly the reason for that except that maybe compared to the rest of my autoimmune symptoms, especially the ones that affect various organs, it doesn't seem like as much of a big deal.

But dry mouth is a big deal. The fact of the matter is that my dry mouth was not one of my first symptoms and it took some time to develop but when it did, it came on with a vengeance. I am very lucky to have inherited my dad's excellent teeth and to date, I think I may have developed only one cavity since I started with the Sjögren's symptoms in early 2008. I do work very hard at …