Friday, July 17, 2009


05/10/2009: Elena on our first Mothers Day together. I know that if I didn't have Cushing's, I wouldn't have Elena. She is the most incredible thing I have done in my life.

Cushing's, I have to come to terms and accept you! Life sure takes you on a windy road!

06/11/2009: My last few moments at the hotel with my sweet Elena before we head to the hospital for my pituitary brain surgery.[Not in photo: me taking Elena around the corner and crying in fear of leaving her and never coming back].

I'M FAT, I'M FAT, I KNOW IT: Outreach to the Weight Loss Community

As many of you know, it is my hope that we can inform the populace about Cushing's disease and hopefully improve the quality of lives of many patients.

In that effort, I wanted to share with you a quick post I left for the owner of a weight loss message board/website. I posted it under the "suggestions to the webmaster" forum.

Today's group: carb counters. Gastric bypass and lap band patients, I am coming after you next!

~Moxie Melissa

Hello... Webmaster. I did an internet search and found this site. Thank you for all your hard work.

After many years of following a low carb diet, I have now had pituitary brain surgery to remove a benign tumor that was causing Cushing's disease. It is the cause of my uncontrolled weight gain of 75 pounds in 4 years as well as a myriad of terrible symptoms.

This quote from my blog sums it up best:

"Genetics and runaway appetite are not the only causes of obesity. Sometimes, your own body can turn against you in ways you never thought possible.” ~The Science of Obesity (see video link on ). This is my personal blog, and I hope to help people understand this disease and get themselves diagnosed quicker and on the road to health and happiness sooner.

Anyway, I have visited your site a few times, and I always see someone posting about the possibility of Cushing's. As the webmaster, you are in the unique position to inform people who have this disease but may not have ever heard of it... until they see a group listed under Health Groups called Cushing's on your site. One click may open their eyes to the disease that my endocrinologist said was the most difficult diagnosis to make in all of medicine.

Would you please consider it? Through my blog, people thank me for taking the time to write about my experiences. They say they would not be on the right track to diagnosis if it hadn't been for me. Some say I have saved their lives. If you create a group on your site, you could be doing the same for people.

I hope that you are willing to help. If I can help you in any way, please contact me. If you do decide to help, please drop me a quick line and let me know. I may start posting over here, too!