Regardless of where you are in your Cushing’s journey, it is very easy to get discouraged. More than likely, you have experienced changes in your appearance, your ability to accomplish daily activities, your social interactions, your ability to work, your emotions and your ability to think clearly. These can all create a sense of loss that can be overwhelming and frightening. Recognize that Cushing’s influences your entire being and that your physical, emotional and cognitive symptoms are due to increased steroid levels. While recovery will take time, your quality of life will improve after successful treatment when steroid levels return to normal. There are many Coping articles and Helpful hints on this website that you may find helpful. Many find this article on recovery to be helpful.
Cushing’s can be a difficult disorder for family and friends to understand, thus it is not uncommon to feel very alone. Many have found it helpful to reach out to other Cushing’s patients who can truly understand what you are thinking and feeling. There are many Patient Stories on this website that you may find encouraging. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others through the Patient Stories, the Forums, or you can always contact us through this form. It can make the journey much easier.
In addition to reaching out for support, many find it helpful to become well-informed about their illness. For most, fear of the unknown is generally worse than understanding what is happening. Take advantage of the Doctor’s Articles and Doctor’s Answers that are on this website.
Many patients state that the emotional aspects of Cushing’s were the most difficult to live through. Don’t be afraid to seek professional counseling.
Keep in mind that this is a journey and that life after Cushing’s is much better than life with Cushing’s!