A year to date, it was found that I had a tumour on my pituitary gland after months of headaches and slowly losing my sight. Yet before this, I had just come from travelling around Singapore, Bali and Indonesia as well as completing a 5K cancer research run.
I was a fit and healthy 25 year old so this was a complete shock to myself and my family as I thought I may just need glasses, so I booked in to have my eyes tested but it was found that it was nothing to do with my eye sight but I had a pituitary adenoma which had gone through apoplexy, that was pressing on my optic nerve causing me to lose my vision. I was admitted to hospital there and then. Over the course of the next 6 days my headaches were worsening, and my vision was deteriorating so they performed emergency surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, West Midlands. This is was a successful operation and the doctors were able to remove the tumour and stem the bleed on my brain but unfortunately, they had to remove my pituitary gland. Several days later I was diagnosed with meningitis. After 5 weeks in hospital I was finally sent home but now with a rare lifelong condition called Panhypopituitarism and will be on steroids and other medication for life to mimic the hormones that a person’s body naturally produces.
Over the last year, I have trialled different medicines and dosages whilst battling with severe depression, anxiety, fatigue and weight gain regardless of dieting. Nevertheless, the Pituitary Foundation, which relies solely on funding from fundraisers and supporters, have provided me with information, support and advice about my condition. Without this charity, I doubt I would have been able to understand or accept my condition as quickly as I have. In order to raise some much needed money and awareness for such an under researched condition and lifeline for the few people in the UK who have this condition (in the world it is thought to be around 4.2 people per 100,000 who have this condition) I am going to do a skydive to raise funds for The Pituitary Foundation. More information about them can be found at www.pituitary.org.uk.
Anything you can give, big or small will help this charity tremendously and aid those suffers of this rare condition. Thank you so much!
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Good luck both!
Katie and John Wilde
3 days ago
Well done Tanya! Enjoy it while you scream lol! Emma xx
5 days ago
DON'T break a leg ;-)
6 days ago
Fingers crossed it goes ahead ladies!
1 week ago
Good luck Tan & Emma
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Thank you for rising above us to raise awareness
2 weeks ago
nan and grandad
we love you to the moonback