Most of my Cushing’s journey has circled around important milestones in my life. I guess that’s what happens when you start to get sick during your transition into college. This was the time I was supposed to be learning, growing, becoming independent and finding myself. In a way, I suppose all of these things were still a part of my college experience, however, I also had to balance regular doctor’s visits and 24-hour urine samplings all while starting a new life in a new city on a college campus that was 6 hours away from home.
I was sick for about 3 years prior to being diagnosed with Cushing’s disease in winter of 2008. Finding out that I had a microadenoma on my pituitary gland was a pretty scary thing to process as a 19 year old. The first matter of concern for me was timing. I didn’t want anything to hold me back from graduating with my newfound friends and regularly wondered how Cushing’s would further impact this phase of my life. Thankfully, I was able to have a pituitary surgery the summer in between my sophomore and junior year of college on May 20, 2009 and maintain my schooling schedule, even if it was more than a full year after diagnosis.