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Stress and the Pituitary

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Stress can effect most of us is many ways but especially to those of us that have issues within the Pituitary. Continuously high stress can lead to elevated Cortisol and Prolactin levels and Tumour growth.
Finding ways to minimise your stressful situations and a visit to your doctor or Endocrinologist for a checkup is recommended as this could cause several other side effects to your health and Wellbeing.
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Busy Times Ahead

Well its coming up to 5 and a half years since my surgery and i’m feeling like things are improving. In 2 months i’m scheduled for my next appointment to the  endocrinologist. I’ll have my blood-test at the end of next month and fingers crossed my levels are keeping under control. I’m keeping positive as I think it helps in some way for positive results. I hope!  At the moment everything is going well for me. I’m keeping busy. I’m working in retail and doing art projects with the local community.  I’m also studying Counselling, looking to be running creative classes in the local community and planning to progress with my new career path.  The next few months ahead will be keeping me busy, with no time to stress about my upcoming appointment. Although with lots going on i’m still trying to keep my anxiety under control by eating reasonably healthy, taking vitamins and rescue remedy. Also I’m trying to keep my stress and anxiety under control by  listening to some tunes to relax, chatting to friends and family and those with similar health issues, and doing creative projects. I’ll write more again soon. I’m sending you all peace, hope, harmony and good health for the coming months.
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What is the Pituitary Gland?

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To those new to this sight and any regular visitors, here is a useful video I found which is quite informative and worth watching to learn more about the pituitary. Very educational :-)

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Great News!!!!

Hi everyone,  I hope your all having a lovely day and Welcome to those new to my site. If you have any questions, suggestions for new content, any concerns, comments etc, do not hesitate to contact me via the contact page, GuestBook, or on Facebook / Twitter. Please browse the pages at your leisure and enjoy Toll-Art Therapy.
Ok now here’s a brief update on my progress. (Please refer to previous posts for further background knowledge and information) . I had my most recent visit with the endocrinologist. I attended the appointment on my own, with excellent news. All my results are normal (for the first time in many years)  with the exception of the Prolactin levels dropping by 200, but still out of the normal range but stable. I have lost 2 kg, which is a little concerning but its because of my stress and anxiety. The endocrinologists solution ( i’m not to pleased with) is to gain 5-10kg to have a better chance at fertility (although a child can risk my health) and being healthier with my hormone levels. Grrrrr……..so frustrating when she doesn’t listen when I have told her several times I do not ever want to have kids!!!!!!! Also to try and reduce the anxiety and stress , which has increased over the past few months, is to get some counselling,  or as a second option is to go on anxiety medication (which can elivate my hormone levels). I will have a think about both options and continue to use Rescue Remedy.
Another positive is my next appointment will be in 6 months and no MRI every 12 months, instead will be in 18months time!!! Yay!
That’s it from me for now. Will update you again soon.
I wish you all Peace, Hope, Happiness and Good Health.
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New Year Brings New Beginnings

 I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and celebrated the new year with new beginnings.
I had a wonderful Christmas with my family and a friends.  Filled with yummy food and lots of fun and laughs. Also working in retail was a busy time for me.
Its been a busy start to the year with my job and being on placement in Community Service taking up most of my time. But I still managed to try to catch up with family and friends (even if I don’t see in person Facebook is excellent for this. )
An update on my health. First I want to mention that its coming up to 5 years on 25 January since I had the Pituitary Macroadenoma removed via Transsphenoidal Surgery!  Wow the time has surly flown with a few ups and downs. Coming up on February  12 is my 6 monthly checkup with the endocrinologist. I will schedule a boodtest in the next week or 2 with a visit to the local doctor for my results. My anxiety has been really bad but I try to keep that under control with Rescue Remedy and Exercise. Although my weight , as mentioned in my previous post, has dropped to 43.5 kg. I think because I have a few things on and no time to rest. Apart from the anxiety, I have been a tired, low blood preassure and feeling dizzy or confused sometimes. I think this is mostly symptoms of the anxiety but I will surely mention this to the endocrinologist on my next visit.
On a happy note. Coming up in February I will be also be turning 30 and  have a small celebration with my family .  I’m really looking forward to having a girls night out filled with fun and laughs.This will also be 10 years with my bf and 4 years of sharing my life with my cat. They are my best friends, and i’m so grateful to have had by my side to love, care, support and relax with anytime I need that pick me up and comfort.
I’m very thankful to have love, comfort and support from my family and friends throughout my journey and lifes ups and downs. I hope you all have the support and love from similar people in your life.
That’s it from me for now. I hope you are all traveling well on your journey. Thinking of you always. Sending Peace, Hope and Harmony to you all. Will update again soon.
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Brain Tumour in the Pituitary Gland

I returned for my next appointment with Dr Johnston a week after I have had an MRI scan and another blood test. As I sat in the waiting room with my Mum we both were quite anxious to see what my results were and staying positive. I was called in an as we sat down in the consulting room the doctor had a strange look on her face. I looked over at my Mum and at the doctor and I was getting quite nervous. I’ll never forget these words. Dr Johnston sat all quiet then with a very serious look said “I’m so sorry to have to tell you this, but you have a brain tumor in the Pituitary Gland!” I paused in shock. Then reality set in. I found it hard to comprehend what I was just told.  My Mum and I just broke down. It was possibly the day my life changed rapidly!
After coming to terms with this current diagnosis, it was quite urgent to commence further investigation immediately and possible treatment. The rest of the consultation with Dr Johnston was a bit of a blur because all I could do was just cry and I wasn’t prepared for what was to come next. Dr Johnston referred me to see a Neuro Surgeon, Dr Pullar to discuss the current finding of a Pituitary Tumour, the high Prolactin Levels, and the next part of my journey.
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