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Pituitary Tumors and Mental Health

Pituitary Tumors and Mental Health

Pituitary tumors are not uncommon. In fact, up to 1/4 of brain tumors are pituitary tumors. These tumors are almost always benign, but can cause a wide range of symptoms depending on whether they are functioning (secrete hormones) or nonfunctioning (don’t secrete hormones). Symptoms depend on which hormone is being oversecreted and/or what structure(s) the tumor is pressing on, such as the optic nerve or pituitary stalk. Simple blood tests can be indicative of hormone oversecretion. Imaging, specifically MRI, can…

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The Year After Brain Surgery

The Year After Brain Surgery

A year ago today, a tumor was removed from my head. The four-hour brain surgery itself was uneventful. I woke up pretty crabby afterwards. But when you go into the OR feeling fine and wake up with the world’s worst headache and sore throat and you can’t breathe through your nose or smell anything? Not to mention the constant run of blood and gunk draining out of your nose and down your throat, enough to make you unpleasantly sick. That’s enough…

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Passing Time With A Chronic Illness

Passing Time With A Chronic Illness

When you have a chronic illness (or two, or three) sometimes you find yourself with some down time. Not necessarily because you chose this, but because your body decided for you. This is when it helps to have a hobby (or two, or three) to occupy yourself with. Ah, the flare. Every chronic illness has these days. You may find yourself holed up in the bathroom, flat on your back in bed, or huddled under a blanket on the couch. Flares…

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August Book Haul

August Book Haul

It’s time once again for my monthly book haul post! All blurbs are from Goodreads. Clicking on the title will take you to Amazon, where you can purchase the book if you wish. (The last book is only available from the author.) These are not affiliate links. This month I only chose one book from Book of the Month. And it was finally a book I think I might actually read sooner rather than later. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne…

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Six Things I Wish I’d Known About Endometriosis

Six Things I Wish I’d Known About Endometriosis

If you’ve followed my blog for any period of time, you’re likely familiar with the fact that I have endometriosis. To be honest, of all my chronic illnesses, it’s the one I feel most passionate about. Despite being a very common condition, it’s not one for which education is exactly stellar. It’s a disease most people have never heard of. When a diagnosis of endometriosis is given to a woman, most of the time she has no idea what it is…

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Backsliding: POTS Edition

Backsliding: POTS Edition

Backsliding. A fairly common problem among certain chronic illnesses. This phenomenon occurs so often in the world of POTS that when it happens I can barely contain myself. I am completely over this month. I just want to take it and throw it in the trash, after stomping on it a few times. Thank goodness there’s only a week left. The Potassium Around the beginning of the month, I started on potassium supplementation. Why?

Sick Beauty Standards

Sick Beauty Standards

“But you don’t look sick.” A statement so many people with chronic illness are tired of hearing. Say that to someone with a chronic illness and what they’ll really want to do is slap you upside the head and say, “That’s because I spent 20 minutes perfecting my face this morning!” Honestly, we all know makeup can turn anyone into a beauty; that’s what it was invented for! A little foundation can hide some blemishes and even out your skin…

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With Water and Fortitude

With Water and Fortitude

Water and fortitude. That’s how you choke down potassium chloride tablets. Seriously, these things are huge. Alas, another medication has been added to my daily arsenal, although hopefully only temporarily. And a different new medication has been added full time for now. I finally got those 15 tubes of blood drawn and, as I knew would happen, my potassium is low, because me. And because it’s a side effect of the Florinef that I was fully expecting, even after only two weeks…

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The “What Cats Do” Book Tag

The “What Cats Do” Book Tag

If there are two things you should know about me by now, it’s that I love cats and I love books! And as a blogger, there’s nothing like a good book tag to have fun with when the rest of my brain isn’t working. A tag that combines cats and books is a rare treat! Thank you to Holly at Nut Free Nerd for this tag! Note: clicking on the book titles will take you to Amazon if you are interested…

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Time for an Upgrade

Time for an Upgrade

If you’re reading this post on my blog website right now, you might notice that this little blog of mine has gotten a facelift! A theme change is something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile, but I never had the guts to pursue it. Depending on the theme, the extent to which changing it can royally mess up most everything on your blog is maddening. But earlier this week, out of the blue, I decided that I’m ready to…

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