Patient Stories

A mum’s story of her 4 year old – pituitary awareness
Emma Heap has shared her story of dealing with comments from strangers about her 4 year old daughter, Emily, who is a pituitary patient.
A Parent’s DI Story #NoNeedToDI
We experienced problems when my son was readmitted to an adult ward following complications after pituitary surgery.
A patient with two rare diseases – Dan’s story
The Pituitary Foundation is supporting Rare Disease Day to help raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives.
A rugby player’s pituitary journey
My life was pretty simple.
Acromegaly autobiography – Me, Myself and Eye
Pituitary patient Dan Jeffries's rye take on his journey growing up as a young man in Bristol and Weston-Super Mare.
Andrew’s Story: macro adenoma
In March 2017, I was diagnosed with an extremely rare four cm wide macro adenoma (benign) tumour on my pituitary gland.
Ann’s acromegaly story – Volunteers’ week
I became a volunteer with The Pituitary Foundation 2 years ago when they were looking for Helpline Operators for the Support Helpline.
Annie’s acromegaly story – Volunteers’ week
After having had constant headaches and other symptoms for about 20 plus years, I was finally diagnosed with Acromegaly at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London on the 24th December 1993 - Not the best Christmas present I have ever had.
Aurora and Jenna’s Story
Aurora's journey started at just 6-years-old
Catherine’s Story: How I adapted my working life with a persistent Pituitary Tumour and Addison’s disease
Mine is aggressive, so very very rare.
Chris’s story with macro prolactinoma and setting up a business
What started with a little lump in my chest, took me on a strange journey through treatment abroad, a macro prolactinoma diagnosis, and even starting my own businesses.
Christina’s Story: pituitary apoplexy
“Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning…..Anyone can start over and make a new ending.” Chico Xavier
Christine’s story – Acromegaly
March 2003. I had just given birth to my second child age 32. I had been ill throughout the pregnancy, crippled by headaches, raging high blood pressure, plus I gained a whopping 4 stone.
Claire’s DI Story #NoNeedToDI
Patient with Diabetes Insipidus
COVID-19 and Hypopituitarism: Ian’s Story
It started innocuously enough on March 13th, just a tickly cough.
Cushing’s Awareness Day – Emily’s Story
Our next story for Cushing's Awareness Day comes from Emily.
Cushing’s Awareness Day – Minal’s Story
For Cushing’s Awareness Day we want to share this story of Minal.
Dominika’s pituitary macroadenoma story – Volunteers’ week
It all started with suspicious symptoms
Eddie’s story – hypothyroidism and head injury
I was encouraged by Peter Lapsley’s confirmation that Patient Journeys do indeed help doctors to reach the correct diagnosis more quickly, and wish to offer my own experience in the hope of furthering that purpose.
Emily’s Story: AVP-Deficiency
For many years I’ve been unwell and as a young woman I’ve faced many inequalities when accessing healthcare.
Emily’s macro adenoma pituitary journey
I knew I wasn’t right, I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was but it’s strange, you just know. Yes, life was stressful and work was challenging but I just didn’t feel my bubbly self. I felt like I was empty and had no means of re-filling.  Nights out would take days to […]
Emily’s Story – Prolactinoma
Hi, my name is Emily and I was diagnosed with a Prolactinoma nearly 9 years ago, when I was 19 years old.
Emma’s Story: macro prolactinoma
At this challenging time we are sharing positive stories to brighten your day and bring hope! Here is Emma's story...
Eric’s Story with Acromegaly
It started in the late 1970s. I was finding fault with every tiny thing and felt very irritable – a lot!
Esther Florence Talk about Cushings
Esther recently gave a fascinating talk at an event we held in London where she gave an insight into her journey as a Cushings patient and how The Pituitary Foundation helped her.
Esther’s Cushing’s Story
At the end of Cushing's Awareness Month, here is Esther's story.
Francis – craniopharyngioma diagnosis story
In 1984, as I entered Rome Free Academy high school in my hometown of Rome, New York, the feeling that I was different from other kids started to intensify.
Gill’s Cushings story
Gordon’s story: The long road to diagnosis
These are my recollections of hospital life in the 1950s.
Hannah’s Cushing’s Story
New Zealand pituitary patient Hannah spent 8 years fighting for her Cushing's diagnosis.
Hydrocortisone regime – Gail’s story
I’d like to tell readers about how attending a meeting entitled ‘Getting Steroid Replacement Right & Minimising the Side Effects’ has changed my life.
Ian’s story: Recovering from Apoplexy
I suffered a pituitary apoplexy. This sudden bleed into the pituitary gland fundamentally changed my way of being.
International Women’s Day – Shelley’s journey to get diagnosed with Cushing’s
This International Women's Day we want to raise awareness of pituitary conditions, so that everyone gets a quicker diagnosis, especially taking into considering the issues that women face.
Jackie’s story – Cyber knife
In January, I experienced Cyber Knife and wanted to tell my story not for negatives but to help others.
Jim’s story – macro adenoma diagnosed by my optician
During 2012 I became increasingly aware of a deterioration in my general health.
Joy’s DI Story #NoNeedToDI
I was diagnosed with panhypopituitarism on Christmas Eve 1997.
Joy’s story with AVPD (DI) Volunteers’ week
I was diagnosed on Christmas Eve 1997.
Katy’s Story: My Pituitary Story
My name is Katy, I am 36 years old and have a daughter of 2 years old. When I first started having symptoms, my daughter was 8 months old, and put a lot of these symptoms down to my body adjusting after pregnancy. However, after a while I knew something wasn’t right. In January 2022, […]
Kate’s Story: A parent of a child with hypopituitarism
I was 19 when I gave birth to my son Isaac. Despite all seeming to be well, it soon became apparent that something was failing within his body.
Kieley’s story – symptoms during pregnancy
In June 2014, we found out that we were having a baby. We couldn't have been happier.
Kiko Matthews: A life with Cushing’s
Not many people have pituitary surgery for Cushing’s disease just months before rowing unaided across the Atlantic. Meet the woman who did.
Laura’s story – Acromegaly and Pan-hypopituitarism
Ten years ago I was diagnosed with a tumour on my pituitary gland that was causing a disease called acromegaly.
Lawrie’s story – journey of pituitary tumour diagnosis
My name is Lawrie. I am 70 and I have been married to Brenda for nearly 50 years.
Living with Acromegaly – Rachel & Carolyn
Patients Rachel and Carolyn share their personal experiences of living with Acromegaly in the below video.
Living with Acromegaly – Steve & Lauren
Patients Steve and Lauren share their personal experiences of living with Acromegaly in the below video.
Living with Prolactinoma: Jessica’s story
When I was 18 years old, I started to become ill. I was being sick, had weird leaking from my breasts, experienced severe headaches and generally feeling very tired, faint and dizzy.
Lucy Sewill: Living with Addison’s after a lifetime of Cushing’s
After a lifetime of unexplained health problems, a horse may have saved Lucy Sewill’s life
Matt & Becky – A pituitary love story!
I was 25 when my periods started to become very irregular.
Michael’s patient story – macro prolactinoma
I was diagnosed with a condition called macro prolactinoma, a benign tumour on the pituitary gland, in February 2017.
Michael’s story – Acromegaly
A normal life disrupted by acromegaly, but managed effectively. Michael’s story.
Michael’s story – pituitary tumour affected my sight
Late last year I became aware that I had developed blurred vision in my left eye. 
Mick’s patient story – Acromegaly
Acromegaly was first unexpectedly recognised by an Iraqi urologist during a consultation about prostatitis, in a private hospital in Dubai in early February 2008.
Mike’s story – 25 years on
I sat up in bed one morning in January and suddenly realised it is 25 years since I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumour and having it removed later in that year.
Molly’s Story – #NoNeedToDI
I have a rare form of hereditary central diabetes insipidus. I was diagnosed with DI at 5 years old after years of my mum pushing for tests to be done.
My brother Charlie and how we lost him to DI.
Warning: Distressing content. This is one of the devastating stories that is powering our #NoNeedToDI campaign
My Dad, Douglas’s Story: Dad and Desmopressin!
Dad was diagnosed with a tumour on his pituitary gland, following a severe headache which we initially thought may be a bad migraine.
Neil’s story – Kallmann’s Syndrome
When I Discovered the Name of the Disease That Halted My Puberty.
Pat’s Story with AVPD (DI)
Pat McBride is the Head of Patient and Family Services at The Foundation and editor of our members' magazine Pituitary Life.
Pat’s Story – a carer’s review 12 years on
Looking back over the last 12 years, since Tony had his diagnosis, (pituitary apoplexy from a macro prolactinoma) we have at times had quite a roller coaster of a ride!
Peter’s story – My Addisonian crisis
Be warned, an addisonian crisis can creep up on you without you noticing!
Prolactinoma – from the view of a positive pituitary family!
I was 30 and returning from working as a nurse at Cairns Base Hospital in north Queensland, embarking on a four month overland trek back to U.K., through countries that would be difficult to venture in current times.
Prolactinoma: a carer’s story – review 11 years on
Looking back over the last 12 years, since Tony had his diagnosis, (pituitary Apoplexy from a macro prolactinoma,) we have at times, had quite a roller coaster of a ride!
Rare Disease Day Stories Victoria – Living with a Pituitary Macroadenoma
I discovered I had a pituitary tumour in March 2021.  I was prescribed Levothyroxine for an underactive thyroid in 2019.
Robert’s Story of Adrenal insuffiency and Traumatic Brain Injury related hypopituitarism
I had a good upbringing but my dad developed a mental health problem and lost his job when I was very young.
Russell’s story – adrenal crisis experience
I awoke on the Thursday morning not feeling that great!
Ruth’s story – Have your feet got bigger?
The question came in July 2004 from the consultant who had been trying to treat my high blood glucose levels and sudden very high blood pressure. I didn't know that adult feet do not continue to grow.
Sharon’s Story – Pituitary Awareness Month Hypopituitarism
October is not only Black History Month but also Pituitary Awareness Month. It’s incredibly difficult to open up about this but I’m hoping to bring awareness to pituitary conditions. 11 years ago I was diagnosed with Hypopituitarism and it changed my life. 
Shorna – The Untold Story: Hyperprolactinaemia
This is me Shorna, and I am 21 years old. I live in small village in Bangladesh.
Sian’s story – Cushing’s
It begins in about 2007. I had developed stretch marks on my abdomen, legs, and arms, I was getting a little ‘round’ in the middle and I was just not feeling well.
Steve’s acromegaly story – Volunteers’ week
I was diagnosed with acromegaly in 1987 and had transsphenoidal surgery in early 1988.
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson pituitary tumour confirmed by family
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s family have confirmed that her death was not the result of a brain tumour and was not caused by a pituitary condition.
Teagan’s Story: Prolactinoma and University
Teagan was diagnosed with Prolactinoma in October 2021, at just 19. She was alone in her university room, 250 miles away from home. Teagan is a student at the University of Exeter. She noticed her migraines getting more and more painful. She originally put it down to majority of her studies being online due to […]
Time to Heal: A blog by one of our volunteers
My pituitary journey began back in 2008 when I became very unwell.
Troy’s pituitary story
I’m not sure where to begin, so I’ll cover the highlights leading up to the loss of my pituitary gland.
Volunteers’ Week – David’s Story with Empty SELLA Syndrome
David is joint Area Co-ordinator for our Birmingham and West Midlands LSG 
Volunteers’ Week: Jenifer’s Story of prolactinoma diagnosis
Hi, I’m Jenifer and I recently became a Trustee of The Pituitary Foundation.
Volunteers’ Week: John’s Story with Hypopituitarism
John is joint Area Co-ordinator for our Oxford LSG with his wife Cathy. 
Volunteers’ Week: Martha’s Story with Cushings
Martha is one of our Helpline Operators who answer calls on our Patient Support and Information Helpline
Volunteers’ Week: Martin’s Story of craniopharyngioma diagnosis
Martin is Area Coordinator of the Newcastle Local Support Group
Volunteers’ Week: Pauline’s Story with Cushings
Pauline is the Area Coordinator for our online Cushing's Support Group
Why I wanted to write ‘Living with Hypopituitarism and other things that happened to come along’
My story starts way back in 1972 when I awoke one morning with a headache to end all headaches.
AR’s Story – A craniopharyngioma whilst being in school
AR shares his story of being diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma during school, and managing exams during treatment.
Gary’s Story: My Prolactinoma Journey
I was diagnosed with macro Prolactinoma at the age of 31. Now at 65-years-old, I am an avid cyclist which has inspired my wife and myself to take on the famous Land’s End to John O’Groats route raising over £1700 for The Pituitary Foundation. Reflecting on the fact that years before my diagnosis, there were […]
Howard’s Story: Spotlight On Prolactinoma
Howard Pearce has been a member and volunteer with The Pituitary Foundation for some time, particularly as one of our telephone buddies. He has been a part of The Foundation since his diagnosis of prolactinoma at the age of 49. Now 76, Howard shares the importance of supporting others with pituitary conditions. “I think the […]
Isobel’s Story: Hamish the Helper Dog
I was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency in 2014 after repeatedly ending up in A&E with what appeared to be an unusual asthma attack and by complete chance after a 2-week asthma ward admission, a consultant ran a Synacthen test and diagnosed me with Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency. Because the treatment for asthma attacks is the use […]
Maci’s story: Managing life and prolactinoma
Maci share's her story of balancing a busy life and having a pituitary tumour.
Nadine’s story: Living with a physical disability and Cushing’s disease
Nadine was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease in 2003, after going in for an operation to fix a broken hip. When doctors noticed how different she looked to her sister, they started doing some tests. Nadine experienced a range of Cushing’s symptoms before her diagnosis: “my face was starting to balloon. I put on weight rapidly. […]
Rare Disease Day 2023 – Lucy’s story
Lucy share's her story of living with a prolactinoma throughout her teenage years.