ISSN 1470-3947 (print) | ISSN 1479-6848 (online)

Endocrine Abstracts (2017) 50 N1.3 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.50.N1.3

Cushing's disease from a patient's perspective

Samantha Harbut

The Pituitary Foundation, Bristol, UK.

During this presentation I would like to share my Cushing’s journey with you. Having found it difficult to achieve a diagnosis, despite a deterioration in my health, I was both relieved and terrified when I was finally told I had a pituitary tumour, which was driving the production of excess cortisol.

Whilst being extremely grateful for the specialist treatment I received, and my continual monitoring, I welcomed this opportunity to explain what a diagnosis such as this means for patients like myself. That tests, medication, surgery and scans are necessary is in no doubt, and undoubtedly saved my life, but my aim is to help medical professionals understand the true impact of such an illness, together with the upheaval and life changes that such a diagnosis brings.

However, rather than being a negative event, I choose to view my diagnosis as a positive experience, and hope to share that with Conference too.

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