Laura's story - acromegaly and pan-hypopituitarism
Ten years ago I was diagnosed with a tumour on my pituitary gland that was causing a disease called acromegaly.
In July 2005 I had surgery to remove the tumour, which was successful but caused my pituitary to stop functioning. As a result, I have a lifelong condition known as pan-hypopituitarism.
This impacts many aspects of my life and I need to take a lot of daily medication. This stuff is rare and the charity (The Pituitary Foundation) is small, but it makes a massive difference to those of us affected.
I've literally learnt the most about my condition from their website, leaflets, and from the London Area Pituitary Patient Support (LAPPS) meetings.
As a direct result, I've been able to work more proactively with the medical experts and improve my quality of life.