I have recently been diagnosed with a disease that no one has heard of, affecting glands in our body that most people don’t know much about. It’s called Addison’s Disease and was named after Dr. Thomas Addison, a British physician working in the Dickensian slums of 1850’s London. All of the patients he observed had tuberculous. I do not. Huzzah!
A few quick facts:
- I need to replace the hormones that my adrenal glands would be making on their own by taking oral steroid medication.
- I am replacing cortisol, which regulates stress and overall well-being and aldosterone, which maintains electrolyte balance and blood pressure.
- If I don’t take my steroid replacement, I will enter into adrenal emergency.
- Without treatment, I will die.
- I do not plan on having Roid Rages. I’m replacing hormones missing from my body, not adding to what’s already there.
- I will not get better. I will get stabilized and lead a mostly normal life.
- My energy will fluctuate. I will learn more as I get on with it.
- I would like to perform and coach improv again. It is my goal to get stabilized and return to an active performing life.
- No matter what, I will still say funny things. Always.
- JFK had Addison’s Disease.
- I’m not related to JFK.
- I wish I were.
- Or do I?