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My Experience with Cushing’s Recovery

Hello, everyone! This week, I want to touch upon a topic I’m frequently asked about: my recovery. I want to start by making something clear: Cushing’s disease recovery is different for everyone. My recovery differs from those of my two friends, and mine is different from yours.

How My Anxiety and Phobia Workbook Has Helped Me

Hey, everyone! In last week’s column, I wrote a list of things that ease post-surgery anxieties. The aftermath of Cushing’s causes intense anxiety, and some of us develop new phobias. This is absolutely normal behavior when coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can develop from fighting a life-altering…

You’re Going to Have Bad Days During Recovery

Hey, everyone! Let’s discuss the huge misconception that survivors only get better and better with each day after surgery. I’m about to drop a huge truth bomb on you: You’re going to have hellish days. Sorry for being blunt, but a realistic attitude is best. If you believe you’re…

What to Expect After a Diagnosis

Hey, everyone! Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions online about what to expect once you receive a diagnosis. There are a ton of different ways things can go after an official diagnosis, and I only have one version. That version is my personal experience. Since I…

An Open Letter to Cushing’s Disease Caregivers

Note: I wrote other letters to patients awaiting diagnosis, those who have received surgery, and those who are years post-surgery. You can read them here. Dear Caregivers, On behalf of the Cushing’s community, thank you. Thank you for everything you do for the person you care for…

An Open Letter to Veteran Cushing’s Survivors

Note: I wrote two previous Cushing’s letters to patients awaiting diagnosis and those who have received surgery. You can read them here. Dear Cushing’s Survivor Veteran, How have the past years been treating you? I hope with more good than bad. I’m just under two years post-operation,…