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About BrendaW

  • Birthday 07/18/1963

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    Scarborough, Ontario
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    First, my husband and three wonderful kids. Then, as time and energy allow: photography, reading, writing, listening to music, playing piano, watching documentaries. Of course, this list would not be complete without mentioning Schatzi, our lovable dog, as well as the various birds, rats, and fish that regularly find their way into our home and hearts.

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  1. Thanks Mary! Sounds like the large will work afterall!
  2. Normal size for me, please. (Do they come in X-large? Big-wristed Cushie here!)
  3. Great article, Mary. It's so nice to have validation of something I already believed. My asthma, COPD, and sleep apnea didn't show up until AFTER I was in a car accident and all the hormonal symptoms 'just appeared'. I kind of figured there was a connection - this article goes into my file called: "See - told ya!"
  4. Thanks everyone! I'm just so thrilled that this article has the potential to help several of you. (I'll be taking it to my doctor as well). In fact, by sharing this I actually proved myself wrong. After I read it, I thought: 'Hey, I should share this with my Cushie pals!'. This thought was immediately followed by: 'But then again, they've probably read something like this a hundred times. The folks who've been at this longer than me will just be bored.' But I ultimately decided that if the article could help even ONE person, then I should just go ahead and post it. **Note to myself and others: Don't assume that everyone has already seen an article, video, TV show, etc. Share, share, share! The more we educate ourselves, the better equipped we will be to educate others. Brenda
  5. Cushings Awareness Day has not been adopted here in Canada (yet...), but I'm celebrating with all of you anyway, and making sure everyone I know is aware of it! Happy CAD to all Cushies and those that love them! Brenda PS: Shouldn't we have some sort of ritual for our special day? Let's see...Christmas has trees and stockings, Valentines has hearts and chocolates....ummm...Any suggestions?
  6. Hi Mary, Thanks for posting this. I read StaceyJenn's interesting bio - what a journey! I won't be around for the original VoiceChat, but I'll be listening to the archive version. Kudos to you and StaceyJenn for sharing! Brenda
  7. Just came a cross this fascinating article. I've been on anti-depressants for a while now, and they kinda/sorta help, but I always felt that they weren't quite the right medication for what I was feeling. When I read this article, the clouds cleared and I had one of those 'Ah-HAH' moments. This makes so much sense! Here's the abstract: Increasingly, patients with pituitary disease are evaluatedand treated at cancer centers. In many ways, these patientsresemble patients with other malignant brain tumors. Althoughthe majority of pituitary adenomas are benign, the physical,emotional, and cognitive changes that these patients experienceon their well-being is malignant. Pituitary disease causes avariety of physical illnesses resulting from the alterationsin the hypothalamic-pituitary-end organ axis. In addition, patientswith pituitary diseases may experience many emotional problems,including depression, anxiety, behavioral disturbances, andpersonality changes, above and beyond the many reactions thesepatients may have to the myriad of adjustments that they mustmake in their lives. There is a growing understanding that pituitarypatients may experience these emotional problems as a resultof long-term effects that the pituitary tumor itself, treatment,and/or hormonal changes have on the hypothalamic-pituitary-endorgan axis. The authors present a series of cases, in whichpatients with pituitary disease were diagnosed and treated fordepression and showed little response to the treatment for depression.When the diagnosis of apathy syndrome was considered and treatmentimplemented, the patients? condition improved. A reviewof the literature on apathy, hypothalamic-pituitary-end organaxis dysfunction, and treatment for apathy syndrome is included. You can read the full article here: http://neuro.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/17/2/159 Enjoy! Brenda
  8. Hi Mary, Just watched the video - very cool! It's just incredible how compact everything is in there. I can see why they have to do the surgery through a microscope. Thanks so much for sharing this - I've bookmarked it! Brenda
  9. Hi Mary, Thanks so much for sharing this. It's only too bad that we don't have a way to FORCE all endo's to sit and watch this video, and to read all the excellent material that you and others have collected over the years. Wouldn't that be great? Brenda
  10. Thanks for sharing this. It is encouraging to know that there IS research out there that IS finding some answers (slowly...slowly...) Brenda
  11. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/90154.php This is an excellent article that not only describes this type of surgery (endoscopic) and its seemingly effortless recovery, but offers fairly clear explanations of several areas of concern for Cushing's patients. For example, the difference between Cushing's Disease and Cushing's Syndrome, why the levels of Cortisol in our bodies can mean a rise or fall in aches and pains, and a brief description/recommendation of LA's prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Brenda
  12. Saw this article this morning, which presents an interesting form of alternative healing for those who might be interested. It also mentions a good pituitary doctor in the UK, for our Cushies across the pond. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/main.jht...arkinson105.xml Brenda
  13. Melissa - this is SO great! I've downloaded all of them. It so happens I've got an Endo appointment tomorrow...guess what I'll be reading in the waiting room! Thanks for sharing! Brenda
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