This is definitely a period of my life I’m never going to forget. I’ve read that you shouldn’t write about yourself in blogs as people aren’t usually that interested and I usually stick to that. In this case I’ll make an exception as it’s really been quite a year for me.
I’d been feeling a little off colour and had put on a bit of weight so went to the doctor at the beginning of last year (2012). In September 2011 I’d been running and blacked out. Through the rest of the year even though I was careful about what I ate, was swimming 80 lengths of the pool everyday and running pretty regularly I was still gaining weight. It’s weird that I found it hard to climb the stairs at work because my thighs felt so weak but could still swim a couple of km. I found it difficult to sleep and bruised pretty easily.
It was a bit of a shock to be told I might have a very rare brain tumour releasing the hormone cortisol that affects 10 in a Million people. Things went downhill and Cushing’s Disease really started breaking apart my body. My muscles wasted and I carried on putting on fat. Joints skin and feet were all affected. I’ve heard Cushing’s Disease called the ugly disease so yep not great.
My girlfriend at the time was amazing and stuck with me, spending nights in the ER when my blood pressure went off the scale and at times like that.
This is my brain and I think that green bit on my pituitary is the tumour. I’m fascinated by medical imagery and it is interesting to see what’s inside you. I asked for the CDs with my MRI from the hospital and used a free bit of software to interpret it in 3d.
Anyway to put it briefly I had neurosurgery last September to remove the microadenoma on my pituitary and it was a total success.I know the NHS gets a lot of stick but everyone, from the Endocrinologist and Surgeon to the nurses who looked after me, were great and I couldn’t have asked for more.
I immediately began feeling better and recovering. My girlfriend and I became engaged and I asked my doctors if I would be able to be a dad. As we were both 36 and wanted children it was quite important. I was told that in the long run I should be okay and I should be able to be Father.
Great news ! Within a month my fiance became pregnant. At the beginning of the year we flew off to Florence and got married. I’ve carried on recovering and have lost about 3 1/2 stone and am pretty much back to full fitness.
In August my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. He’s healthy and I couldn’t be more proud.It’s amazing, but without those lows I’m not sure the highs would be quite so good.
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