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Susan's Story

I was diagnosed with Cushing's Disease in 1980 at the age of 28 years old.

I started gaining weight rapidly, had terrible headaches, mental aberrations, severe depression w/ mood swings, poor vision, loss of memory, and bruised very easily.

At the time I was diagnosed, I was employed as an ESL tutor and had to resign from my position because I would forget easily and was plagued with terrible headaches.

I underwent microscopic surgery in Burlington, Vt. and was doing alright, up to when I had a re-occurrence of my illness.

It was very difficult on my husband and my three small children to see their mother so very sick. My husband couldn't cope with it and started staying out late at night.

I was told by my doctor that I could under-go proton laser treatment in Boston, Mass. and that it would take up to 5 years after the treatment to find out whether or not it was effective. I underwent the treatment and for anyone who has undergone proton laser treatment, it is not a pleasant procedure to under-go. The treatment was successful.

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