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Month: March 2021
＄Growth Hormone Study Opportunity
Here’s your chance to make your voice heard on Growth Hormone Issues.
🦓 It’s Time to Sign Up for the Cushing’s Awareness Challenge 2021
I plan to do the Cushing’s Awareness Challenge again. A past year info is here: https://cushieblogger.com/2018/03/11/time-to-sign-up-for-the-cushings-awareness-challenge-2018/
The original page is getting very slow loading, so I’ve moved my own posts to this newer blog.
As always, anyone who wants to join me can share their blog URL with me and I’ll add it to the links on the right side, so whenever a new post comes up, it will show up automatically.
If the blogs are on WordPress, I try to reblog them all to get even more exposure on the blog, on Twitter and on Facebook at Cushings Help Organization, Inc. If you have photos, and you give me permission, I’ll add them to the Pinterest page for Cushing’s Help.
- In what ways have Cushing’s made you a better person?
- What have you learned about the medical community since you have become sick?
- If you had one chance to speak to an endocrinologist association meeting, what would you tell them about Cushing’s patients?
- What would you tell the friends and family of another Cushing’s patient in order to garner more emotional support for your friend? challenge with Cushing’s? How have you overcome challenges? Stuff like that.
- I have Cushing’s Disease….(personal synopsis)
- How I found out I have Cushing’s
- What is Cushing’s Disease/Syndrome? (Personal variation, i.e. adrenal or pituitary or ectopic, etc.)
- My challenges with Cushing’s
- Overcoming challenges with Cushing’s (could include any challenges)
- If I could speak to an endocrinologist organization, I would tell them….
- What would I tell others trying to be diagnosed?
- What would I tell families of those who are sick with Cushing’s?
- Treatments I’ve gone through to try to be cured/treatments I may have to go through to be cured.
- What will happen if I’m not cured?
- I write about my health because…
- 10 Things I Couldn’t Live Without.
- My Dream Day.
- What I learned the hard way
- Miracle Cure. (Write a news-style article on a miracle cure. What’s the cure? How do you get the cure? Be sure to include a disclaimer)
- Give yourself, your condition, or your health focus a mascot. Is it a real person? Fictional? Mythical being? Describe them. Bonus points if you provide a visual!
- 5 Challenges & 5 Small Victories.
- The First Time I…
- Make a word cloud or tree with a list of words that come to mind when you think about your blog, health, or interests. Use a thesaurus to make it branch more.
- How much money have you spent on Cushing’s, or, How did Cushing’s impact your life financially?
- Why do you think Cushing’s may not be as rare as doctors believe?
- What is your theory about what causes Cushing’s?
- How has Cushing’s altered the trajectory of your life? What would you have done? Who would you have been
- What three things has Cushing’s stolen from you? What do you miss the most? What can you do in your Cushing’s life to still achieve any of those goals?
- What new goals did Cushing’s bring to you?
- How do you cope?
- What do you do to improve your quality of life as you fight Cushing’s?
- How Cushing’s affects children and their families
- Your thoughts…?
💉 Helpful Neurosurgeon: Pennsylvania
Walter Jean, MD, has joined Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and will serve as Chief of Neurosurgery.
Jean is a board-certified neurosurgeon with expertise in complex intracranial surgery. He is known world-wide for his expertise in complex brain surgery. With nearly 20 years’ experience in both open and endoscopic skull base surgery, Jean has several clinical interests including acoustic neuromas, pituitary adenomas, skull base meningioma, intraventricular tumors, and trigeminal neuralgia. His acclaimed textbook, “Skull Base Surgery: Strategies,” is used by neurosurgeons across the globe to learn about open and endoscopic skull base surgery.
“I’m excited to join LVHN and continue to build on their solid foundation,” Jean says. “I hope to take LVHN Neurosurgery to the next level with robust clinical activity, research and innovation as well as education.”
As a pioneer, Jean utilizes virtual reality in neurosurgery.
“Virtual reality allows everyday people to fly to new lands in video games, augmented reality takes fighter pilots through scenarios training them for the unexpected,” Jean says. “Now brain surgeons and patients can also use these technologies to fly through the brain.”
Why is this so important? Jean says for those who find themselves in need of complex brain surgery, not only can they better visualize their upcoming procedure, their surgeon also gains additional insight. Jean is the only physician in the area using this groundbreaking technology.
“We meet hundreds of patients and explain to them our surgical plan,” Jean says. “That communication can be difficult at times. Once we have a patient’s brain scans loaded into the augmented reality software, they have the ability to see their own anatomy to gain a better understanding. When patients place the headset over their eyes, they are transported to a virtual replica of their own brain.”
The experience offers a visual explanation which is often easier to understand than medical terminology.
Another benefit of this leading-edge technology is that it allows brain surgeons create a surgery plan by simulating different scenarios to find the best approach. “The genesis of the technology is from air fighter pilots. The founders of the company discovered they could use the same technology in the medical field,” Jean says. “Just like fighter pilots, brain surgeons are able to practice unique scenarios to be fully prepared for their mission.”
Jean comes to LVHN from George Washington University Hospital, where he was a professor of neurological surgery. A native of Hong Kong, Jean attended Princeton University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and Cornell University Medical College, where he graduated at the top of his class and was elected Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical honor society. He completed neurosurgical training at the University of Minnesota, and fellowship in Skull Base Surgery at the University of Cincinnati.
Jean’s academic credentials includes being Program Director at Georgetown University for 7 years. He has authored numerous scholarly publications and has an international reputation as an energetic lecturer and passionate teacher of neurosurgery. Jean serves as reviewer for many high-impact journals such as the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, World Neurosurgery, Operative Neurosurgery, and Journal of Neurological Surgery, Part B. He is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Skull Base Society and serves frequently as faculty at their national meetings.
📞 eSummet: Quality of Life of Pituitary Patients
The World Alliance of Pituitary Organizations (‘WAPO’) represents the voice of 37 patient advocacies around the globe.
We seek to empower and improve the Quality of Life of Pituitary Patients, by sharing knowledge and inform you about treatment choices.
By registering to the WAPO eSummit 2021, you will have a unique opportunity to learn about the latest medical research, raise questions and dialogue with international experts on the pituitary gland!
Get involved and register in one of the provided languages.
We are looking forward to meeting you!
📞 Cushing Syndrome and COVID-19
Who Should Attend: Individuals with Cushing’s disease and their caregivers.
When: Thursday, March 4, 2021, 6 PM, Eastern
Where: Virtual presentation via Zoom. Click the Zoom link for the online event or call one of the phone numbers below:
833-548-0276 (US Toll-free)
833-548-0282 (US Toll-free)
877-853-5257 (US Toll-free)
888-475-4499 (US Toll-free)
Whether you log on via computer or telephone, you will be asked for the meeting ID and password.
Meeting ID: 969 3392 7432
Attendees will be muted until the end of the presentation, at which time we will take questions.
There is no fee for this event.
Contact Maggie Bobrowitz with any questions: Margaret.Bobrowitz@DignityHealth.org or (888) 726-9370.