Award-Winning Author Betty Collier Explores Essential Truths about Sjögren’s Syndrome in her New Book

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“SHOWgrins” informs and raises public awareness on the disorder through the story of Venus Williams and the journey of five unique women.

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Named after the Swedish ophthalmologist Henrik Sjögren (1899–1986) who first described it, Sjögren’s syndrome has become a widespread condition among women all over the world. Online sources reveal that the condition has affected four million people in the United States alone, making it the second most common autoimmune disease. Despite it becoming prevalent, many people are still unaware of its existence. So, how much do people know about Sjögren’s syndrome?

In award-winning author Betty Collier’s book titled SHOWgrins: Women Who Walk on Water, which is nationally-acclaimed by the Sjögren Syndrome Foundation CEO, readers will learn more about this condition through the inspiring and uplifting story of five different women who embarked on the same journey through Sjögren’s syndrome. The third in the author’s “Living Inside The Testimony® Book Series”, this book takes Venus Williams’ fight against the same autoimmune disease many women are suffering right now as a concrete instance. Along with her story, Collier brings into the limelight the cases of Cathy Taylor, Estrella Bibbey, Judy Kang, Lynn Petruzzi, and Paula Beth Sosin, the five women who opened their hearts and shared their Sjögren’s stories with the world for everyone to understand more about the syndrome, a disease that reaches across the borders of age, ethnic groups and socioeconomic status.

In SHOWgrins: Women Who Walk on Water, Collier has woven a beautiful, edifying and inspirational book that informs the readers of Sjögren’s syndrome—its signs and symptoms, diagnosis, medication and treatment, complications, and other related information. Through the stories of the five women and the intimate details of their journeys, millions will be inspired, encouraged, and motivated to face the crossroads in their lives.

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About the Author
Betty Collier is a nurse by profession, author by passion, and storyteller by the grace of God. After reading the headlines that tennis pro Venus Williams suffers from Sjögren’s syndrome, Betty discovered she had many of the same symptoms. This began her quest to share the journeys of five other remarkable women battling this incurable illness. Her passion for increasing awareness of this silent disease takes her beyond the inspirational stories she has written about to the streets of Nashville, TN where she will run with Team Sjögren’s on April 27, 2013 in the Country Music Half Marathon.

SHOWgrins * by Betty Collier
Women Who Walk on Water
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 101 pages; 978-1-4797-8015-0
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 101 pages; 978-1-4979-8016-7
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-8017-4

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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