Pituitary Hero - Michelle

My pituitary hero is my wonderful, loving, and caring father. My father is a military veteran and served in the Air Force for 28 years . In 2008, I was living in Texas attending graduate school. My health was declining and every month I had a new symptom. I kept going to my doctor's office asking for help. Each time my doctor told me there was nothing wrong with me and I was a healthy young female. I will never forget the day my doctor asked me if I was making up my symptoms because he could not find anything wrong with me. I was offended, sad, and embarrassed. I had a melt down when I got home. I remember calling my father on the phone crying and saying "Dad I need help. Something is very wrong with my health. I don't think I will make it any longer." My father is my hero. He calmed me down and the next day he called me and said "We are going to Mayo Clinic in Arizona. I will fly to Texas and come take you. We will figure this out together." My father scheduled all my appointments and after a week of testing I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. I began treatment and 7 years later I am officially tumor free and off all medications. Without my parents financial help, encouragement, love, and support I would not be where I am today. I am forever thankful for my wonderful hero, my father. I would also like to thank Dr. Whittaker and the Mayo Clinic staff for all their services and care these last 7 years.

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