I am the mother of a young woman who has been ill for over fifteen years.
As a very young woman – at her 21st birthday and engagement party, she was a size ten and in very good health. She was a healthy child who grew up in a home where sound nutrition was practised. This is an endeavour she has carried into her own married life, leading a very healthy lifestyle and preferring organic food.
She has never smoked, drunk or used any illicit substance. She ought be very healthy.
Over the past few years she has been increasingly ill. Extreme fatigue, massive weight gain, in the upper body and around what used to be her waist. She has the classic moon face, with no distinguishable jawline or cheekbones. She has a great deal of fat around her neck and a defined ‘buffalo hump’.
She has had a variety of ‘tests’ done by conventional pracitioners, with a diagnosis of Poly Ovarian Cystic Syndrome. I believe she has Cushings and have encouraged her to seek alternative help. She has ‘given up’ on doctors as she feels as if she has been treated with disdain. She has a remarkably positive attitude and a husband who is very loving and supportive.
She does not have the ‘stretch marks’ of Cushings, but my understanding is that that is not a prerequisite. I have become increasingly concerned about her each time I visit, which is at times, with a few months between seeing her and cried all the way home after the last one, such is the increasing change I see in her.
I am concerned the outcome will be fatal and have finally encouraged her to see another doctor here. I want to take her to a doctor who is holistic in their attitude, something that seems hard to find.
She is now 40 and nearing the end of her potential child bearing time. I am sad for her that a misdiagnosis and frustration at achieving no result, will not only potentially be fatal, but that the goal of motherhood for her, can not be achieved.