Support for Those Living with Adrenal Insufficiency

Mother, Wife and Friend

I wanted to share my story so that it might help others get diagnosed:

tracy_ZI had a pituitary Macroadenoma removed in 1997 because it was pressing on my optic nerve. Years later I was blessed to have my beautiful twins Alyssa and Anthony in 2002. During my pregnancy I vomited the whole nine months and knew something wasn’t quite right with my body. I continued through the next few years to have extreme fluctuations with my weight, gaining losing 100+ lb. in due to severe diarrhea and vomiting. The doctors were baffled as to why this was happening.

I was at my family DR. every week with breathing problems, mouth sores, tiredness, and constant diarrhea, but he didn’t know how to help me. In December of 2008 I started vomiting and having diarrhea so profusely that I called my DR. and asked if I should go to the ER. His answer was no I’ll call you in compazine and you will be fine. I was far from fine, I tried to go and get my husband to tell him I was ill and plummeted down my 13 stairs.

My husband called 911 but I was already yellow and in septic toxic shock. I was rushed to the hospital and in the following two months my body would shut down, but the doctors didn’t know why. I was on a ventilator with a fractured back and a pulmonary embolism. I deteriorated rapidly and needed  surgery to try and save me and was given a 10 % survival rate. Blood transfusions, a heart attack, seizures and a hematoma followed. It wasn’t until my sister googled all my symptoms and up came with Addison’s Disease that the doctors were given a red flag.  They started me on steroids and I started to come back to myself.

Rehabilitation has helped me relearn everything and I am so grateful to be alive and be able to be a mother to my children, a wife and a friend.


Recent News and Events

  • When Bloodwork isn't Just Bloodwork
    When Bloodwork isn’t Just Bloodwork
    January 28, 2019 by
    When Bloodwork isn’t Just Bloodwork Thank you to Amber for sharing this, visit her blog via the link above. Today, after one stick and lots of needle adjusting, a sweat and tear soaked 4 year old and her mama stepped out of the lab room and into a...
    Read more
  • What do you call a group of zebras?
    What do you call a group of zebras?
    December 28, 2018 by
    What do you call a group of zebras? No, I’m not joking—really, do you know what you call a group of zebras? I didn’t either until recently. Many of us are familiar with the use of the term “zebra” in the medical community to refer to an...
    Read more
"200" post_thumb_height="200"]

Join our Email List

We respect your privacy and will never share your information.