My heart breaks for Jennie, Janet, and their entire family. I am sorry for your loss, and I am sorry that the medical community failed your family.
Thank you Jennie, for sharing this story. In your honor and hers, I will share this story here on my blog, in hopes of saving someone's life.
The Cushing's community *must* continue to generate awareness for this devastating disease, and we must lead the medical community by example.
No life should be lost to this preventable disease. ~mm
Jennie Whitehead Brick wrote:
My sister, Janet Whitehead Mitchell, died Sept. 16, 2010 of Cushing's Disease. The autopsy revealed that she had cancer of the pituitary gland. She is only the 140th person in medical literature to have cancer of the pituitary gland. She was 59 years old. She had many of the symptoms of Cushing's for a few years, but ...was diagnosed just a few days before her death. I will do what I can to spread the word about Cushing's in the hope that someone else will get diagnosed earlier on in their fight with the disease.
Click here and scroll down to see Janet's high school photo and click here to see the photo from her obituary.