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Kim B., Pituitary Transsphenoidal Surgery

My Cushing’s story seems to be a little different than most others that I’ve read about. Not in the sense of the disease itself, but the process of diagnosis. Being that I’m not quite sure when exactly I acquired it, I might as well just give some background of my life as to what probably contributed to its existence.Continue Reading

Jennifer E., Pituitary Transsphenoidal Surgery

My story begins well before April 2010, but I will never know exactly when. That is the deception of this horrible disease, it creeps up on you and takes over your body gradually. In 2009 my husband and I were relocated from Michigan to Wisconsin due to job loss. Now that I think back on it, I am grateful it happened. Continue Reading

Kandis M., Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery, Bilateral Adrenalectomy

Never in a million years would I have dreamed I’d be writing a letter like this. All of my life I’d been an active, athletic girl who loved sports, working out, and being physically active. I was a big runner all throughout high school and never had a problem with my weight. In fact, if anything, I was probably too small and people would comment on how “tiny” I was. I was almost 5’4″ and weighed between 110-115 pounds at most. I could eat anything I wanted, never had to worry about dieting, and exercised only because I wanted to, not because I had to.Continue Reading

Shannon G., Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery

I use to wonder how many diseases it would take before I’d be placed into The Guinness Book of World Records. In nine years, I’d been diagnosed with clinical depression, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, PCOS, endometriosis, obesity, adult cystic acne, ocular hypertension leading to possible glaucoma, sarcoid uveitis, metabolic disease, and panic attacks. This is the same person who just a few years prior had been a cheerleader, worked out sometimes twice a day, taught Jazzercise, and used free time biking, walking or roller blading along the lakefront downtown Chicago.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