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Barbara "Cookie" Rothenberg
Saturday, Oct 11, 2003
The One and Only Cookie,
photo taken by Erin
Columbus CUSH meeting, Saturday, October 26, 2002
My heartfelt prayers and sympathy goes out to Cookie's family, I never really had gotten to know Cookie Like many of you, but during a few chats, I saw how she helped many, answering questions, ect... and always willing to help out. My heart is sad to hear of her passing.
From the posts on
the message boards:
What I learned from Cookie was that she loved people and wanted to make a difference in the lives of those who suffer from Cushing's. She touched many hearts, I know she touched mine....
Cookie was an inspiration to many of us. She gave her all for Cushing's awareness, and I will always remember that the last time I saw her, she was singing...
Shalom, my friend.
Rest in peace, Dear Cookie. I know that right now you're organizing angels into working teams who will get heaven straightened out, with fun and laughter all the way. I guess G-d needs you now more than we do.
We'll miss you so much, Sweetie.
I was lucky to have gotten to meet Cookie. She is such a fun person and she could always cheer you up.
Cookie, gees, what can you say. She was dynamic, committed, determined, exasperating, poetic, driven, electric, comedic, funny, supportive, strong, loving, loved, and not to repeat, but a driving force in creating CUSH and helping those who needed it. She was wonderful with fundraising. She was involved in so many activies that were for the benefit of others. She has dealt with many challenges in her life and continued to passed the point that many could not.
She will be sorely missed by all who knew and knew of her.
She was just an incredible, delightful person. I really think this world is a little dimmer today without her light from within. I know a lot of us are missing her already. I remember talking to her about the upcoming conference and her enthuisiasm was contagious. I'm just so very, very sorry to hear she's passed. I hope her next life is one without pain, where she can sing and write poems to her heart's content. Cooke will be sorely missed.
My family and I met Cookie at the UVA Cushings Conference Fall 2002. She was so helpful and caring. She told my father, sister, and I her "Cushings Story." She was so, well, there is no better word to describe her, "bubbly." She was so happy to be there, teaching, learning, and helping with CUSH. She left an impression on my family and I. She had such a great personality. She was one of the very first "Cushies" I met...and she made me re-think my attitude about being sick. She was going through so much, yet she had such a wonderful attitude towards it all. She was amazing!
Cookie touched a lot of lives. I remember back on the "old board"--before any of us had met any of the others in real life--I would get these perky, cheerful and witty emails from Cookie. She had a signature that was some kind of rhyme including "Lookie, lookie,...Cookie." Her little dollop of cheer in my "inbox" always made me smile.
It is terrible to lose her. She has left such a legacy, though, that she will go on touching lives for many years to come.
I think this fits Cookie perfectly:
Some People ...
Some people come into our lives and quickly go
Some people move our souls to dance
They awaken us to new understanding
With the passing whisper of their wisdom
Some people make the sky more beautiful
To gaze upon
They stay in our lives for a while
Leave footprints in our hearts ...
And we are never the same
In lieu of flowers, Cookie's family has requested that donations be made to the
Understanding Support & Help (CUSH) Organization
PO Box 24748
or online, by credit card, here:
Cheryle, October 14
fiffor, October 15
pincushion, October 18
mkbrooks, October 18
GoodIdeaLady (, October 20
Sooze, October 21
Jeni, October 22
Judy, October 22
ritabodine, October 22
rita_2, October 22
Shauna's, spots (nodules) on right lung may be just an infection. Her biopsy was cancelled - the "tumors" are too small!|
The CUSH Convention is this week!
Jayne and Robin are expecting.
| Upcoming Surgery:||Currently Recovering:|
| Cassie Handy, bi-lateral adrenalectomy for recurrent Cushing's, UCLA, October 13
Sandie Roughley, Adrenal Surgery, not sure if it's Lap or Open yet, October 13
SarahsSanity, Pituitary Surgery, Portland, October 13
Terry, Pituitary Surgery, Cedars Sinai with Dr Shahinian, October 13
Cathy Tia, Pituitary Surgery, New Zealand, October 15
djo, Adrenal, October 17
Kelly S, TBA - November, Gastric Bypass Surgery
Kammie, Pituitary Surgery, Nov 3, Cedars with Dr Shahinian
GoodIdeaLady (Tami), 2nd transsphenoidal, Nov 10, OHSU, Portland, OR, Dr. Delashaw (Ludlam as endo)
Doreen, Cataract Surgery, to be rescheduled
David Williams (acromegaly)
Read all about Gina's wonderful helpers »
Dori, second gamma knife at UVA
SandieK, gamma knife at Ohio State
Melinda Freels, Fractionated Stereotactic Radiation
Luisa (LSpriggs), gamma knife at UVA
Ria, Removal of Thyroid due to Thyroid Cancer
Christine, exploratory Endometriosis
Edith, Fibroid surgery
Katty, total abdominal hysterectomy
Lorrie, right ankle broken in three places, her left heel fractured, is completely immobile
There are now 1735 members on the Message Boards.
New doctors added to Maryland and Arizona.
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Coming in November, a Special Guest Chat with Dr. Ted Friedman. More info »
In The Media:
MaryO was interviewed by PBS Voices of Vision at the Philadelphia Endocrine Convention. Also featured: Dr. Mary Lee Vance, Dr. James Findling, a patient having a PSS (Petrosal Sinus Sampling). Airing TBA, October. More info here »
Sharm Sharm was interviewed for the Montel show. Airing TBA, most likely within 30 days. She was also was interviewed for the NY Post. They printed a Cushings article. More info here »
Cherri S' recent pituitary surgery at Vanderbilt was taped by the Learning Channel, airing TBA. More info here »
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- Burden Bears:
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Thanks to all of you for these clever Fundraising ideas.
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|Upcoming Conventions, Meetings and Seminars:|
Upcoming Indianapolis Luncheon, Saturday, November 1st. More info here »
Upcoming Nashville area Luncheon, Tentative, Saturday, November 8, More info here »
Upcoming Pittsburgh Luncheon, Saturday, November 15th. Judy is hostess. More info here »
CUSH is proud to announce the Convention for October, 2003 in Portland, Oregon. More info here »
Thanks to everyone - this is going to be one great conference!
PDES Seminar on Growth Hormone Replacement, Saturday, Oct 18, Dearborn, MI. More info here »
Friday and Saturday, April 1-3, 2004. Pituitary Days Convention for Doctors and Patients at UVa, Charlottesville, VA. More information here ». There will be many people from the message boards there. CUSH will have a meeting during this time, as well.
Tentative Atlanta area meeting. Carol Perkins, former model - Victoria's Secret, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and the founder of Harry Barker in Savannah - has agreed to share her inspiring story. More information, as it becomes available, or check here »
More upcoming local meetings are listed here »
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