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.

Tracy

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