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Podcast: Kate’s Pituitary and Acromegaly Story

In this Aunty M Brain Tumours Talk Show episode, we speak to Kate Beddow. Kate shares her story from initial symptoms to the discovery of a Pituitary Tumour, which led to Acromegaly. Kate talks about the complexities of her diagnosis, recounting the emotional whirlwind of tests and doctor’s visits. She describes the impact on her life, from changes in appearance to adapting post-surgery.
Kate emphasizes her naturally positive outlook and the power of gratitude. Kate talks about coping strategies, including affirmations, positive thinking, and the therapeutic benefits of writing during challenging times.

Kate’s Pituitary Tumour Story

Diagnosis and Treatment:

  • Kate talked about the journey when her period didn’t return after coming off the pill, leading to a doctor’s visit and eventual referral to the hospital.
  • The whirlwind of tests and appointments culminated in the diagnosis of a pituitary tumour, specifically acromegaly, a condition involving excess growth hormone production.
  • Kate details her surgery and the fortunate circumstance of having one of the world’s leading pituitary surgeons.
  • The recovery challenges include changes in physical appearance and adapting to post-surgery life.
  • Kate shares her surprise and joy at conceiving a child shortly after the surgery, contrary to initial expectations.
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Life Changes and Coping:

  • Claire asked Kate about life post-diagnosis and if she felt a sense of relief in knowing the cause of her symptoms.
  • Kate discusses the modifications she made to her life due to energy restrictions, joint pains, and other challenges.
  • Claire delves into Kate’s transition from teaching young children to pursuing alternative therapies and talks.

Positive Outlook and Coping Strategies:

  • Kate emphasizes her naturally positive outlook and the importance of gratitude in her life.
  • Claire and Kate discuss the power of positive thinking, affirmations, and the placebo effect in facing health challenges.
  • Kate encourages others facing a similar diagnosis to focus on the positives, stay positive, and use affirmations for mental well-being.
  • The significance of writing therapy, journaling, and documenting emotions as a tool for processing and remembering during challenging times.

Support System and Acknowledgments:

  • Kate expresses gratitude for her supportive family, including her husband, children, and sister.
  • A special mention to Dr Johnson, Kate’s surgeon, for his exceptional skills and the incredible work done during her surgery.

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