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Alice Baker in Memoriam

Born:  1933 (Approximate)

Passed:  October 3, 2002

Alice M. Crowe Baker of McKean, Pennsylvania succumbed to lung cancer and Cushing’s on Thursday October 3, 2002.  Fellow Cushie and friend, Judy, called the Monday after her passing to check on her and learned of her passing from her husband of 27 years, Edward Seth Baker, Jr.

Edward shared with Judy how much Alice loved the cards and flowers meant to Alice, and how hard she fought both of her battles, though she was always most concerned about her fight against Cushing’s than she was cancer.  He also shared that their daughters wanted to thank everyone for their care and concern for their mother.

Per Edward, “These are sad times but really it is far better to know we are able to help someone.  It is so much better for the person in need to be surrounded by love and prayers.  I know she felt that.”

In addition to her loving husband, Alice left behind five children, three sisters, four stepchildren, seven grandchildren and two grandchildren.

Her memorial mass was held at St. George Catholic Church in Erie, PA on Monday, October 7th, 2002.  The family requested that memorial donations be made to the Cushing Support and Research Foundation of Boston, Massachusetts.

Credit to Mary Kelly O’Connor and Cushing’s-Help

Bonny Ham in Memoriam

Born:  1964 (Approximate)

Passed:  October 12, 2009

Bonny Hamm of Australia, lost her battle with adrenal Cushing’s and cancer on October 12, 2009. She was only 45 years old at the time of her death, succumbing to complications from Cushing’s as far too many Cushies who have died far too young have.

According to a post by Bonny on the Cushing’s Help boards three months before her passing, she was sick with all the symptoms (approximately 30-40 symptoms) of Cushing’s for five years.  Once she finally got diagnosed, her left adrenal gland was removed, as well as the tumor, in June 2007.  The recovery was long and hellish. Bonny’s worst symptom after the operation was three months of constant itching from her scalp to her heels and every inch of skin in between. She also experienced terrible pain in every single joint of her body, along with the slow-to-improve symptoms she experienced pre-operatively.

Two and a half years after her first diagnosis, a second tumor was discovered on the same side as the first one, even though her adrenal gland had been removed.  She had to wait for answers while her endocrinologist was overseas and to find out what the plan of attack was, all while fighting horrible symptoms once again, including fractures. Cushing’s made her life difficult and painful, and she suffered emotionally from losing half of her hair, gaining weight and developing a moon face.

As a divorced single parent, Cushing’s made her short life harder than it ever should have been, especially going through it without the help of others.

Rest in peace, Bonny.

Credit to Mary Kelly O’Connor and Cushing’s-Help

Charles Hamilton Hawn, IV in Memoriam

Born:  November 28, 1923

Passed:  July 30, 1970

Charles Hamilton Hawn, IV was born in 1923 in Braddyville, Iowa. He worked as a nurse on the transport ship USS Barb during World War II.  After he graduated high school at 16 years old, he enrolled at Simpson College, but only completed two years before the war broke out. He signed up in the Corps as he was studying to be a doctor.  He re-enrolled in school after the war ended, but later signed up in the Reserves.

He married June Bell Lane Hawn on July 30, 1945.  He continued to go to school, work part-time and work in the Reserves.  He finished school with a Bachelor of Science in biology and education. After graduating from college, he enrolled at a Methodist Seminary and became a minister in 1950.

By 1957, he had earned another degree and had completed Chaplain School with the Army Reserves.  It was in 1957 that Charles began suffering from strange symptoms.  He had lost an inch and a half of height, and began suffering from emotional ups and downs, affecting his relationship with his wife and his nurture as a loving and dedicated husband and father.  He also suffered from a lot of pain.

In 1961, his daughter, Ginger Hawn Cooper, was born.  The following spring he was involved in a tobogganing accident and was seriously injured. He was sent to Fargo, North Dakota with compressed fractures of the spine, ankle edema, high blood pressure & weight gain. It was there that he was diagnosed with Cushing’s. He was transferred to Minneapolis, Minnesota for treatment, who stated that he was in the late stages of the disease, and where he stayed for 265 days.  They gave him only a year to live. The hospital in Minneapolis asked Charles if they could research the disease and study Charles to try to find out where the disease had come from and the effect it had on all of his bodily systems in an effort to try and help others who were diagnosed. Charles chose to help people.  He underwent four major surgeries and eleven minor ones.  Both his gallbladder and adrenal glands were removed in 1963, due to the high levels of hormone excess and from a ruptured diverticulum of the sigmoid colon.  He also suffered from osteoporosis from the fractures of his spine. He was placed on hormone therapy after his adrenal glands were removed.

In 1964, Charles and his wife had a son.  By then, Charles was very unstable and was in constant pain.  The disease continued to progress and on he and his wife’s 25th wedding anniversary on July 30th, 1970, he passed away at the young age of 46 years old.

The coroner who performed the autopsy said that he had the body of a 98 year old man, as he had lost four inches of height and was in the last stages of cancer when he passed.  The coroner didn’t know how he had lived as long as he did with all of his health problems.

Credit to Mary Kelly O’Connor and Cushing’s-Help

Christopher “Migs” Migliore in Memoriam

Born:  January 12, 1982

Passed:  February 27, 2013

Christopher “Mig” Migliore, Detective, 31, of Brandon entered into rest Feb. 27, 2013. He is survived by his loving parents, Luis “Kiddo” and Maria E. Migliore; sister, Michelle Tovar; bother-in-law, Jimmy Tovar; nephews, Jovany and Luis Carlos Tovar; and his soulmate, Dani “Doll” Gnatowsky. A Funeral Mass was celebrated 11 am Monday, March 4, 2013 at Nativity Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, Chris’ wish was that contributions be made to his beloved nephews’ college funds, c/o Edward Jones, 1532 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Suite G, Lutz, FL 33549.

A Temple Terrace, Florida, police detective, “Migs” succumbed to a life-debilitating illness –Cushing’s syndrome.  At age 31, Migs gallantly fought his battle with Cushing’s Syndrome. Diagnosed in late 2012, Migs endured a surgical operation in February 2013 to excise both his adrenal glands.  During the operation, complications arose, extending his hospital stay. Migs was discharged from Tampa General Hospital a few weeks later and returned to his parents’ home first.  Days later, Migs returned to his home in Hillsborough County where he passed away.

Migs is remembered not only for his perpetual, bold and radiant smile, but more finitely for his humanitarian traits. Quiet and reserved in nature, Migs lived life in service to others in his own special way, extending grace and humility to those with whom he interacted.

Credit to Mary Kelly O’Connor and Cushing’s-Help

Bettye Jean Douglas in Memoriam

Born:  March 30, 1938

Passed:  September 28, 2016

Bettye Jean Douglas, age 78 of Smyrna, Tennessee, died Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at her home. She was a native of Hickman County, Tennessee, and was preceded in death by her first husband Carl Jenkins, and parents James McKinley and Susie Louise Lampley Wright, and siblings, Marie Wright, Pat Nichols, Nellie Tidwell, and Jessie Wright. Mrs. Douglas was a member of Rural Hill Church of Christ and had worked at Ingram Books.

She is survived by her husband, of 23 years, Wendell Douglas; children, Christopher Jenkins and wife Gina of Murfreesboro, Charmaine Herron and husband Steve of Mt. Juliet; step-children; Danna Douglas of Whites Creek, Wendy Morales of Whites Creek, and Kellye Douglas of Whites Creek; grandchildren, Isabella, Matt, Ben, Chip, Gino, Kendell, Jonathon, Michael; great- grandchildren, Steven, Bently, Austin, Gavin, Taylor, Gracie; brother, Billy Ray Wright of Kentucky.

Bettye’s funeral service was held at 10:00AM Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna, Tennessee. Brother Gary Hale officiated. A graveside service followed at 2:00PM Saturday at Five Points Church of Christ Cemetery in Bon Aqua, Tennessee.

Born March 30, 1938, Bettye was tall and thin all of her life, and as beautiful on the inside as on the outside.  Bettye was a beautiful Christian woman.  She loved to laugh and loved a good joke.  She was all about her family and loved family gatherings.  She also loved to travel.  Her favorite vacation destination was Hawaii.

Bettye had two best friends, other than her beloved husband. Gina, her daughter-in-law, and Charmaine Herron, her daughter.  Her daughter Charmaine joked that they were a mix between Charlie’s Angels and The Three Stooges.  No matter what they were like, they had a lot of fun together.

More than anything or anyone, Bettye loved her Lord Jesus Christ.  Bettye passed away due to complications of Cushing’s disease.  Once she was finally diagnosed, a decision was made against surgery and Bettye was put on the cortisol-lowering medication Korlym.  Though she had initially gained weight from Cushing’s disease, as many patients do, she rapidly lost weight and was admitted into hospice care soon after.

Most cannot find the words to describe what Bettye went through during her last months on Earth.   To those left behind, the pain is almost unbearable, but those that loved Bettye find comfort in the knowledge that her health nightmare is over and that Jesus has her now and forevermore.

Credit to Woodfin Chapel and Charmaine Herron

Barbara “Cookie” Rothenberg in Memoriam

Born:  March 30, 1938

Passed:  October 11, 2003

Barbara “Cookie” Rothenberg was an integral member to the Cushing’s community, and one of the founding members of the international organization The CUSH Foundation.  She was the wife of Jerry Rothenberg, devoted mother of Steven (Michelle), Aemi Tucker (Steven), and Judi Rothenberg, and grandmother to Elysha, Michael, Jacob and Halle.

Cookie posted the following poem on the Cushing’s Help forums, and we thought there was no better way to tell Barbara’s story than through her own words.

“It was an awful state that I was in

Hair was growing on my chin

My moods were swinging from low to high

All I did was cry “Let me die!”


The hair kept growing down my neck, chest and bod

Would some doctor not think this was a little odd

Sometimes I was up day after day

Then I’d want to sleep all the time to chase my troubles away


Rather I’d eat nothing, something, or very little at all

It seemed getting fatter and fatter was my call

I had every symptom of menopause

“Too young,” they said, “It’s in your head, and there is no cause.”


I sing, so when I said “I have another octave that is below.”

They said “Pack your bags, to the loony bin you go.”

My periods were off, the doctors were lazy

After running tests they said I was crazy


Nine years passed, symptoms got worse and I got fatter

My arms and legs were thin, please help me, what’s the matter

I was beginning to think maybe they are right

Maybe I am just a wee bit up tight


But my husband would say find another doctor it has to be

You are not the girl who married me.

Our children were afraid; to them I was so mean

I’d see myself doing and yelling and to myself I would scream

“What is wrong with you? Stop it!” as if I was in a bad dream


Credit to Mary Kelly O’Connor and Cushing’s-Help

Diana Crosley in Memoriam

Born:  September 30, 1955

Passed:  June 18, 2014

Diana Lynn Alexander Crosley, age 58, of Sidney, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 10:10 p.m. at her residence surrounded by her loving family.  She was born September 30, 1955, in Sidney, Ohio, the daughter of Francis Alexander, and the late Laverne Egbert Alexander.

Diana is survived by her father and step-mother, Francis and Carole Alexander, of Sidney; daughters, Stacie Crosley, of Columbus, Casey Crosley, of Silver Spring, Maryland, Ericka Crosley, of Sidney; one granddaughter, Ella Laws, of Sidney; two sisters, Kathy and Randy Watercutter, of Minster, and Susan Alexander, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri.

Diana was a 1973 graduate of Anna High School. She was a registered nurse for many years. In her spare time she enjoyed meditating and doing yoga. She also enjoyed relaxing at the beach in Florida.

Her family, her children and especially her granddaughter, was the love of her life. She will be deeply missed by all.  The Crosley family would like to express their sincere thanks to Ms. Lisa Blagg and the entire staff of Wilson Hospice for the continued compassionate care of their mother during her extended illness.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Memorial Hospice in Diana’s memory.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Credit to Adams Funeral Home

Edited by Rachel Wilson

Diane [Last Name Unknown] in Memoriam

Born:  Unknown

Passed:  April 18, 2015 (Approximate)

The following in memoriam was provided to Cushing’s Help and Support by Amy (Last Name Unknown).  If anyone knows Amy or Diane and would like to provide more information or photographs so that we can provide Diane with a complete in memoriam and dedication to her life, please contact us. Thank you.

“My name is Amy and my very best friend just passed away from an adrenal crisis. Diane was unaware that she had any adrenal issue.  She seemed to have gotten sick on Saturday and [had] passed away by the morning.  After [a] 45 day autopsy, it was determined that her adrenal glands were “wasted” and [that] she had an adrenal crisis and died.

I am looking for a better understanding of what this is all about.”

Credit to Cushing’s Help and Support contributor Amy

Edited by Rachel Wilson

Erica Michelle “GaGa” Meno in Memoriam

Born: 1976 (38 years old)

Passed: March 6, 2015

Erica Michelle Meno returned to her heavenly home on March 6, 2015. Nicknamed, “GaGa,” she was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was 38 years old. She graduated from Sycamore High School, Northern Kentucky University and Eastern Kentucky University. Erica had a zest for life and just loved being with her family. She loved sports of all kind and loved to cook. She was an avid reader and volunteered much of her time and many years at The Ronald Mc Donald House.

In addition to her family, she had a great love for her pets especially her lively dog, Chesney. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Anthony and Mary C. Meno and Joseph and Katherine Terzo and Aunt, Karen Meno and Uncle, Bruce Ficke.

She is survived by her parents Michael and Mary Meno, devoted brother Ryan Meno and sister-in-law Melanie, loving niece and nephew, Leah and AJ Meno, her aunts and uncles: Frank and Terri Terzo, John Terzo, Judy (Terzo) and Chris Tocatlian, Victoria Ficke and Teri Zingale, cousins: Joseph and Kristen Terzo, John and Lesli Terzo , Amanda (Terzo) and Mike Stewart, Dominique and Natalie Tocatlian, Kati (Terzo) and Chris Mottershead, Dana (Terzo) and Omar Qureshy, Joe Granato, Kelly Ficke, Alex and Melanie Ficke, Vincent, Sam, and Remy Zingale. Erica was deeply loved and will be missed and remembered by many friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Erica’s memory.

https://www.rmhcincinnati.org/help/donate/donate-online or you may also donate by check, made payable to RMHC – Greater Cincinnati, and mailed to Ronald McDonald House Charities, 350 Erkenbrecher Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229.

We know that Erica was a fellow Cushing’s Disease survivor. She had been through pituitary surgery, radiation, and a BLA in an effort to receive her cure.

Credit to Thomas-Justin Memorial

Erin Lee Rechel Pugh in Memoriam

Born:  1980

Passed:  November 4, 2015

Erin Lee Rechel Pugh, 35, passed away on November 4, 2015 after an extended illness. She is survived by her husband, Nathaniel Pugh, her children, Nasya and Jaren Rechel, her parents, Janet Rechel, Tony Rechel and Howard King, and siblings, Jennay Rechel and Cedric King.

According to Erin’s Go Fund Me campaign, her battle with strange health issues began in 2008. She became irritable, suffered from unmanageable headaches, emotional issues, fatigue, and swelling. Many doctors and surgeons told her nothing was wrong with her.  She dieted and worked out to no avail.  She finally found a doctor who was suspicious something else was at play, and the doctor sent her to The Cleveland Clinic for testing for Cushing’s.  Out of the three tests performed, one of them came back positive for the disease.  Since her Cushing’s was most likely cyclic in nature, the one positive test was not enough to warrant an expensive MRI.

Her health continued to deteriorate, and she suffered from unstable blood pressure, extreme back pain, confusion, rashes, low blood oxygen levels, rapid weight gain and severe anemia.  Erin hoped to raise enough money to see specialists who could diagnose and treat her, and to cure her from her ailments so that she could live life again. She hoped for a miracle.

She is remembered as kind, thoughtful and an angel on earth.

A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6 p.m. at The Summit Church, 1300 Pittsburg Ave., NW Canton, Ohio 44720, Pastor Tom Hogsed officiated. Condolences can be sent to 347 Noah Ave., Akron, Ohio 44320.

Credit to Rhoden Memorial Home

Edited by Rachel Wilson

Gregory J. Bart, Jr. in Memoriam

Born:  Unknown

Passed:  May 7, 2016

Gregory J. Bart, Jr., 55, collapsed during a presentation in Los Angeles, California on May 7, 2016. He was taken via ambulance to a hospital, but despite efforts to save him by first aid personnel, Gregory passed away from a suspected heart attack.

Greg attended Loyola High School and attended University of San Diego for college. He lived in Los Angeles.  He had suffered from hypertension since he was young, but the condition was exacerbated by a pituitary tumor that caused Cushing’s disease.  He encouraged his fellow patients to seek out the best doctors and technology for treating their disease.

Greg was cremated at The Cremation Society of The South Bay in Redondo Beach, CA. His brother, Derek Bart, took his remains home along with some of Greg’s favorite dim sum and goodies from Torrance Bakery.

A memorial was held at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, California on Saturday, July 16th, 2016, and Greg’s loved ones asked that everyone come casual and comfortable, as that is what Greg would have wanted.

He is survived by his younger brother, Derek Bart (Lisa), his sister, Dana Bart-Bell, and three nieces.

Edited by Rachel Wilson; Credit to Mary Kelly O’Connor and Cushing’s-Help

Kate Myers in Memoriam

Born: June 29th, 1968

Passed: June 23rd, 2014

Kate Myers was loved by everyone in the Cushing’s community. She was considered an advocate, role model, hero, and friend! Kate was a true warrior and fought hard until the very end! Kate went through it all. After going many years undiagnosed from Cushing’s Disease, Kate finally found an answer and went through multiple treatments to fight the battle. Kate had two failed pit surgeries and a CSF leak repair, a

Bilateral Adrenalectomy, and Gamma Knife Radiation leaving her with no pituitary gland, no adrenals and radiation damage to her hypothalamus and in her own words, “disabled and homebound”. Despite all of her adversities, Kate lived by faith. She had immense compassion for others.

Kate was a warrior and as a warrior she fought to also protect others. As a service to others, Kate did a Cushing’s segment on the educational program, National Geographic, in 2007. This is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxSAhLyKVqw

Kate was a license practicing attorney and avid runner before becoming ill. She loved her work and she loved being active. She felt a great sense of loss with not being able to engage in her passions during the latter part of her life. Her other love was her horses. After the devastation of Kate’s passing, her beloved horse was cared for by one of her dearest friends, Melissa.

Kate was survived by many adoring loved ones, many friends, and people whose lives she touched tremendously!

The entire community was shocked when we learned of Kate’s passing on June 23, 2014. We lost an earth angel that day!

However, the legacy of Kate Myers will live on forever!


Credit to Mary Kelly O’Connor and Cushing’s-Help

Lori A. Holt in Memoriam

Born: Oct. 7, 1960

Passed: Jan. 6, 2008

Lori A. Holt, 47, of Monmouth, IL., died at 1:52 p.m. Jan. 6, 2008, at OSF St.Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.

Born Oct. 7, 1960, in Galesburg, IL., she was the daughter of Patrick M. and Patricia Noonan Holt.

Ms. Holt was a teacher at the Lutheran Preschool and Daycare Center in Monmouth for 11 years. She graduated from Galesburg High School and then graduated from Monmouth College with a bachelor’s degree. She also lettered all four years in volleyball, basketball and softball. She earned two Master’s degrees in physical education and health from Western Illinois University and Northwest Missouri State University. Ms. Holt played for the State of Illinois softball team at the national level for two years. She was head coach of women’s volleyball, basketball and softball at Spoon River College and was head coach of softball and basketball at Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL. She was coach and athletic director at Costa Catholic High School in Galesburg for a number of years. Ms. Holt was a fan of the Green Bay Packers, the Boston Celtics and the St. Louis Cardinals. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Monmouth.

Survivors include her parents of Knoxville, IL.; five brothers, Frank Felz of Fort Worth, Texas, Michael Felz of Evanston, IL., Paul Felz of Denver, Colo., Patrick Felz of Buffalo Grove, IL., and Martin Holt of Grant Ranch, Colo.; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

These were the words of Lori’s sister in law, Kimberly:

“Lori was truly remarkable, and especially so in her fight with Cushing’s Syndrome (adrenal).

Lori lived in a small town in west-central Illinois, not far from the Mississippi River. As you know, most doctors never see a case of Cushing’s. At some point during the summer of 2007, Lori diagnosed herself by doing research online. Remarkably, she found several doctors who worked with her on this. Sadly, it was too late. In the last few years, she’d begun to gain weight, which perplexed her a great deal. She would occasionally call me or write e-mails, and in addition to telling about things going on with her life and work, she would mention her frustration at not being able to quite sort out just what was causing her health problems.

Lori was a deeply kind and caring person. She was a gentle soul, and loved her preschool children so very much. She never missed sending my two sons a card not only for birthdays but on every single holiday you can imagine — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day. She was a single woman and worked with great determination to be self-sufficient. She really loved her brothers, and was so glad as they married so she could have some “sisters” around. Once we moved from the Chicago area to northern Michigan in 1998, we didn’t see her often, and I regret that so much.

Lori fought her disease intelligently and valiantly. She suffered a lot while in the hospital between Labor Day weekend and when she died on Sunday, 1/5/08. At different points, she suffered from MRSA, shingles, and extreme breathing distress. I am quite certain that her body was just too spent by the disease to recover itself.”

Credit to Mary Kelly O’Connor and Cushing’s-Help

Melinda C. Smith in Memoriam

Born:  December 26, 1988

Passed:  May 9, 2014

Melinda “Mindy” Smith, age 25, of Harrison, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 9, at her home. Mindy had attended Farwell High School where she had been an honor student and participated in track and cheerleading. She graduated from Clare High School in 2005. She was currently attending college and was hoping to pursue a career as a Psychiatrist. Mindy talked often of becoming a doctor to help others who were struggling with Cushing’s Disease.

Mindy had been battling a fight with Cushing’s Disease since 2005. She fought hard and long, but unfortunately it was a fight that she could not win. She was loved by many, but will be missed by many more.

Mindy is survived by her son, Landon Smith, parents, Deb (Marc) Davis, Fred (Nola) Riggs, of Harrison, and Ralph Rydman, her special friend, Ryan Smith, siblings, Alisha Green of Farwell, Marrissa Rydman of Gresham, Oregon, Misty Riggs of Weidman and Mike Riggs and Seth Riggs both of Florida, her grandparents, Gary (Penny) Smith of Clare, Sheryl (Phil) Wentworth of Harrison, Janet Riggs of Harrison, and Jay Davis of Clare. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, and cousins that will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dawn Wiggins of Muskegon, Harold Riggs of Harrison, and Carol Davis of Clare.

Rest in peace, Melinda

Credit to Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home

Ryan Tyler Monds in Memoriam

Born:  December 29, 1981

Passed:  September 4, 2016

RYAN TYLER MONDS (FONZ) December 29, 1981 – September 4, 2016 Ryan passed away peacefully and is free from illness and pain. Heartbroken by his passing are his mother Anne (Dave); father Ron (Charlene); brother Cody; stepsisters, Emily and Grace (Kyle); and nephew Nathan.

Also mourning his loss are aunts, uncles, cousins, many life-long friends and friends through Cushing’s Disease Awareness.

“Goodbye came too soon. We love you. Miss Me But Let Me Go When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room, Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not too long, And not with your head bowed low, Remember the love that we once shared, Miss me, but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take, And each must go alone, It’s part of the Master’s plan, A step on the road to home. So when you are lonely and sick at heart, Go to the friends we know, And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds, Miss me – but let me go.”

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 10, 2016

Sarah Fraik

Shortly before her passing, Sarah had surgery to remove a tumor from her pituitary gland in the hopes of treating her Cushing’s Disease. She died on June 13, 2011 after a brief illness at the age of 28.


Stacy Michalski (Ollenberger-Trask) in Memoriam

Born:  August 31, 1985

Passed:  November 4, 2015

This was written about Stacey by her sister to the Cushing’s community:

“This is my beautiful sister Stacy. She was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease in 2005 at the age of 19. She had two pituitary surgeries, radiation, and finally an Adrenalectomy. We watched her suffer, struggle, and fight this disease for ten years. There were countless doctors’ visits and pills she had to take daily until she passed away in her home on November 4, 2015 at the age of 30. We miss her so much!  She has left a hole in our hearts but we will continue to bring awareness to this horrible disease hoping we can save someone’s life…

Thank you so much for sharing this.  I think she struggled with the stigma of the disease. She was doing so much better but she passed suddenly of Adrenal Crisis. We were shocked. We truly believed that she had this beat! I know this group was so special to her. She even added me to it I think to help me understand what she was going through. You are all incredible amazing people to have the strength to battle through this every day.”

Credit to Mary Kelly O’Connor and Cushing’s-Help

Thomas F. Zachman in Memoriam

Born:  Sept. 3, 1950

Passed:  June 3, 2010

Thomas “Tommy” F. Zachman, of Windsor, formerly of Toledo, Ohio, died suddenly and unexpectedly at the University Hospital in Denver on June 3, 2010, from complications of Cushing’s Syndrome.

Tommy was born Sept. 3, 1950, in Toledo. He was a graduate of Rogers High School and the University of Toledo and the University of Toledo Law School. He practiced law in Ohio. Most of his career was spent with West Publishing in Cincinnati which enabled him to enjoy extensive travel throughout the United States. He left his position at the company when it was sold.

He was an animal lover and always enjoyed his family dogs. He also enjoyed cycling, music, college sports and reading. Tommy was always available to help others with their problems.

Credit to Cushing’s-Help

*Legacy entries edited by Rachel Wilson