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  1. I imagine her death was a result of her tumor in some way as her body just could not handle it anymore, when your body make too much growth hormone it enlarges the organs ect... so she may have died of another illness but the doctor she realize it is in a way a result of her pituitary tumor. I remember seeing her in our local target store once when I was younger still living at home with my parents, she seemed to be a very nice person. Here is a copy of an article I found on AOL this morning: World's Tallest Woman Dies in IndianaBy DEANNA MARTIN, AP posted: 11 HOURS 32 MINUTES AGOcomments: 342filed under: National News, World NewsPrintShareText SizeAAAINDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 13) - A woman who grew to be 7 feet, 7 inches tall and was recognized as the world's tallest female died early Wednesday, a friend said. She was 53. Sandy Allen, whose used her height to inspire schoolchildren to accept those who are different, died at a nursing home in her hometown of Shelbyville, family friend Rita Rose said. Guinness World Record HoldersPhil Meyers, APSandy Allen, who was known as the world's tallest woman at 7 feet, 7 inches tall, died Wednesday at a nursing home in Indiana. While the cause of death was not yet known, Allen had been hospitalized recently for several ailments. She was 53. Click through to see more Guinness record holders. 1 of 17 PHOTOSX | Close The cause of death was not yet known. Allen had been hospitalized in recent months as she suffered from a recurring blood infection, along with diabetes, breathing troubles and kidney failure, Rose said. In London, Guinness World Records spokesman Damian Field confirmed Wednesday that Allen was still listed as the tallest woman. Some Web sites cite a 7-foot-9 woman from China. Coincidentally, Allen lived in the same nursing home, Heritage House Convalescent Center, as 115-year-old Edna Parker, whom Guinness has recognized as the world's oldest person since August 2007. Allen said a tumor caused her pituitary gland to produce too much growth hormone. She underwent an operation in 1977 to stop further growth. But she was proud of her height, Rose said. "She embraced it," she said. "She used it as a tool to educate people." Allen appeared on television shows and spoke to church and school groups to bring youngsters her message that it was all right to be different. Allen weighed 6-1/2 pounds when she was born in June 1955. By the age of 10 she had grown to be 6-foot-3, and by age 16 she was 7-1. She wrote to Guinness World Records in 1974, saying she would like to get to know someone her own height. "It is needless to say my social life is practically nil and perhaps the publicity from your book may brighten my life," she wrote. The recognition as the world's tallest woman helped Allen accept her height and become less shy, Rose said. "It kind of brought her out of her shell," Rose said. "She got to the point where she could joke about it." In the 1980s, she appeared for several years at the Guinness Museum of World Records in Niagara Falls, Ontario. "I'll never forget the old Japanese man who couldn't speak English, so he decided to feel for himself if I was real," she recalled with a chuckle when she moved back to Indiana in 1987. "At Guinness there were days when I felt like I was doing a freak show," she said. "When that feeling came too often, I knew I had to come back home." Difficulty with mobility had forced Allen to curtail her public speaking in recent years, Rose said. She had suffered from diabetes and other ailments and used a wheelchair to get around. Rose is working to set up a scholarship fund in Allen's name, with proceeds going to Shelbyville High School. "She loved talking to kids because they would ask more honest questions," Rose said. "Adults would kind of stand back and stare and not know how to approach her." Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. Active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL. 2008-08-13 18:12:32
  2. Robin, Karen, everyone, I've enjoyed listening to each of your stories. Karen, I sort of cried when I listened to your story, as I feel its a lot like mine, I too remember coming home from doctors appointments crying all the way home! You thyroid stuff sounds interesting, as I think my thyroid issues sounds some like yours. Thanks everyone for sharing your stories. When I'm diagnosed, I may decide to share mine. Blessings, Pj
  3. I've enjoyed listening to the talks as well. Mary O, its finally nice to at least put a voice to the person I met so many years ago on the old AOL board, I still hope someday to meet in person! Jen its good to hear your voice as well, I remember we always had so many alike symptoms. Its good to hear Robin's, Judi and Mertie too, I'll try to listen to these when possible. Thanks Mary another great way to get the word out! Pj
  4. This is scary about not having enough flu shots. I talked with my Rheumatologist and she says, that if I can get the shot somewhere she fully recommends the shot, she even wrote a note on her prescription pad for myself asking them to please give me a flu shot because I have SLE and Autoimmune thyroiditis, plus numerous other health issues, so we will see, the first thing will be to find a place who is offering the shots, I'm going tomorrow to try and get a shot for my Mom and I will stand in line to see what they say, bad part, the place that is giving them only has 147 shots and have already recieved over 1000 phone calls of people asking about the shots. Best wishes everyone and I do agree keep your hands washed and stay away from sick people if at all possible. I gave my husband those clorox bleach wipes last year to take to work and I carried some in my car to wipe my hands after I got out of stores, my husband seems to always bring stuff home from work, anyhow, last year we both stayed pretty healthy, praying this year we will too, Also, hopeing each of you here stay healthy the rest of this year and more. Paula
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