My Cushing’s story started long before I realized it was being written. It is hard to say exactly when I exhibited my first symptom, but looking back at pictures, I began displaying a rounded “Cushing’s face” during my undergraduate studies in the late 1990s. I began dealing with minor anxiety at that time, but that didn’t seem too abnormal given my busy and intense schedule.
As I moved on to graduate school in the fall of 1999, I began having some skin issues, again nothing too out of the ordinary. In the fall of 2000, I became sick and unable to eat, which eventually was diagnosed as a failing gallbladder, which was removed at the end of that year. Although it’s unclear whether there is a connection between Cushing’s and my gallbladder issues, that was the first of many significant health issues I encountered over the next 13 years.