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Chris S., Adrenal Tumor

My story is very similar to the others that you’ll see here, with one notable exception; I’m a man! I find it interesting that the vast majority of experiences here are from women. I understand that Cushing’s is more common in women, but not to this extent. I suppose men just aren’t as comfortable sharing their experiences. Another difference for me is that I never really felt sick prior to my diagnosis.Continue Reading

Mark N., Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery, Radiation

Are you misunderstood? Have you been told, it is all in your head? You are fat, get over it. You are depressed; anti depression, medications will help you. Do people look at you differently? These misconceptions are associated with Cushing’s Disease. Living with Cushing’s Disease affects your self- esteem, and injects self-doubt into your daily life routine.Continue Reading

Mariko B., Parent, Pediatric, Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery

Monday, August 12, 1996 was another hot summer day in Los Angeles. We had just returned from Los Angeles Children’s Hospital where my son, Dylan, age 8, had just had another MRI on his head. Because Dylan had to undergo anesthesia, he was feeling very tired. The phone rang. It was Dr. Thomas Roe, head of the endocrinology department, with whom we had spent the morning. He had some bad news. He gently broke the news that Dylan had a tumor on his pituitary gland, a condition called Cushing’s Syndrome Continue Reading

Bruce P., Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery

Prior to the onset of Cushing’s, I led a very healthy and active life and was by all accounts sound in mind and body. Early indications were subtle…an increasingly pudgy abdomen and face that wouldn’t trim despite a healthy diet and consistent exercise, and small distinct stretch marks below my navel. I tore a disc, bruised easily and simple wounds would take forever to heal. I retained excess fluid and felt pain in my hips and knees after just one flight of stairs.Continue Reading