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Category Archives: Patient Stories

Lauren S., Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery

My diagnosis of Cushing’s Disease came in May of 2012, at the age of 57. I believe, however, that I had Cushing’s for years, even decades, before my diagnosis. Starting in my 30s, I was routinely covered with bruises from minor bumps. Neither my primary care physician nor my hematologist had an explanation for this.Continue Reading

Mona L., Exogenous Cushing’s, Sleep Apnea

High Cortisol is Not Always Cushing’s Editor’s Note: This patient story originally appeared in our Summer 2016 issue.  We contacted Mona recently to see how she is doing now; her update follows her original story. In 2004, I decided it was time to lose weight.  I lost 100 pounds in a year on a low-carbContinue Reading

Laura S., Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery

I hate alligators. Alligators are terrifying and rather vicious animals. These large and menacing reptiles are fairly easy to spot in my native Louisiana. They are glorified in every way, on every restaurant menu and tourist attraction from Bourbon Street to Jefferson Square. If you go to the Audubon Aquarium, you can even see theContinue Reading

Danielle L., Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery

I started having serious health issues after my freshman year of college. I was 18 years old and extremely active with two jobs and in college with upper division courses.  Physically, emotionally, and mentally I was working overtime.  My symptoms started with a 20 lb weight gain and a significant case of acne. I wasContinue Reading

Wendy M., Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery, MEN-1

My name is Wendy Moses and I was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease at the age of 10 in 2009. I had been dealing with weight gain, growth suppression, headaches, muscle weakness, and insomnia since 2007. A couple of nurses at our church said the weight gain would be solved with a growth spurt and we shouldContinue Reading