Shianne Lombard-Treman passed just three days ago. She had a form of Cushing’s Syndrome caused by adrenal tumors, and I am in remission from Cushing’s Disease caused by a tumor on my pituitary. My heart aches thinking of Shianne and all those we have lost in the last few years. Today marks the start of Cushing’s Disease Awareness Month (and Adrenal Insufficiency Awareness Month – a common result from Cushing’s treatment). I had not committed myself to the annual blogger’s challenge, but the overflowing tears while I watched this video make me wonder if I should…
Today, I’m going to be talking about my Cushing’s story, which still continues, even 8 years after I was diagnosed.
I remember the moment I realized something wasn’t right. My mom was taking me to the mall, because none of my jeans fit me anymore. She was talking about how she wished I would try to lose weight, because she has been overweight most of her life, and didn’t want that for me. But, I needed pants to wear to school, so I bought another size up. I remember thinking, nothing has changed. I didn’t eat more, or less, I hadn’t stopped any activities. Maybe this was just my metabolism slowing down.
April is always Cushing’s Awareness Challenge month because Dr. Harvey Cushing was born on April 8th, 1869.
Thanks to Robin for this wonderful past logo! I’ve participated in these 30 days for Cushing’s Awareness several times so I’m not quite sure what is left to say this year but I always want to get the word out when I can.
As I see it, there have been some strides the diagnosis or treatment of Cushing’s since last year. More drug companies are getting involved, more doctors seem to be willing to test, a bit more awareness, maybe.
How fitting that this challenge should begin on April Fool’s Day. So much of Cushing’s Syndrome/Disease makes us Cushies seem like we’re the April Fool. Maybe, just maybe, it’s the doctors who are the April Fools…
Doctors tell us Cushing’s is too rare – you couldn’t possibly have it. April Fools!
All you have to do is exercise and diet. You’ll feel better. April Fools!
Those bruises on your legs? You’re just clumsy. April Fools!
Sorry you’re growing all that hair on your chin. That happens as you age, you know. April Fools!
Did you say you sleep all day? You’re just lazy. If you exercised more, you’d have more energy. April Fools!
You don’t have stretch marks. April Fools!
You have stretch marks but they are the wrong [color/length/direction] April Fools!
The hump on the back of your neck is from your poor posture. April Fools!
Your MRI didn’t show a tumor. You couldn’t have Cushing’s. April Fools!
This is all in your mind. Take this prescription for antidepressants and go home. April Fools!
If you have this one surgery, your life will get back to normal within a few months. April Fools!
What? You had transsphenoidal surgery for Cushing’s? You wasted your time and money. April Fools!
I am the doctor. I know everything. Do not try to find out any information online. You could not have Cushing’s. It’s too rare… April FOOL!
All this reminds me of a wonderful video a message board member posted a while ago:
So now – who is the April Fool? It wasn’t me. Don’t let it be you, either!
This is the first podcast I have listened to. How wonderful to hear your voices! Thank you Mary for sharing your story and for Robin for being the perfect host. This is a wonderful way of hearing about many of our journies with this awful disease – just brilliant!
Great topic……more awareness is needed as I’m convinced this is under-diagnoised vs. uncommon!!
The information age and innovative thinking meets new medical needs
Great show. informative and potentially life saving