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March 26, 2003

In This Issue:Member NewsSite News Meetings NewsChat Info

Please read the chat directions below, so you're ONLY in the Cushing's Room, not both Cushing's and Power Surge. Many people end up being in both rooms, instead of only one.

Next Online Newsletter will be Wednesday, April 2
read archived issues here.
Birthdays:Other Celebrations:
• Chrissy20, March 26
• Jilli, March 28
• Butterfly_babe, March 29
• Taffy (Dot), March 29
• lyynm (Lynn Mazzola), March 30
• Muriel, March 31
• BunnieB, March 31
• SherriNtxs, March 31
• Danni, April 2
• Danny, April 2
• Cookie is home and getting better every day!
• Jane and Teri T are at NIH
• Lisa Anderson, anniversary of being a Cured Cushie (March 27, 2001)
Upcoming Surgery:Currently Recovering:
• Melinda Freels, started Fractionated Stereotactic Radiation, February 18, St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. This will be daily over a 6 week period. She should be finished around April 1.

• Dina, pituitary surgery, March 26, Dr. Shahinian

• Daphne, pituitary surgery, March 31, NIH

• Sam (age 4), BLA tentatively scheduled for April 7, NIH

• Lynn P, pituitary surgery, April 7

• Sue (SuziQ), removal of a surgical hernia, the afternoon of April 9.

• Jinxie
• Arlene
• Jaime
• Rikki
• Duncan (Karen)
• Cat
• Dana
• Dee (deleciab)
• Cherri in AL
• Linda P. (tinydogpries)
• BrendaC
• Darren Shore
• Erin G.
• bp50 (Barb Power)
• Angela Kaiser
• Melinda 2
• Deborah's son, Curtis, from a second adrenal surgery
• Suzanne
• Debbie
• Kathie Mcconnell (kamaroon)
• Denise
• Luisa (LSpriggs), gamma knife at UVA
• Sean S, Ectopic, thymus removed
• Dori, gamma knife at UVA
• Download the Hotel Reservation Information (Word File) for Portland, OR, CUSH meeting, October 2003, here.

If you must call them instead of filling out this form, the number is 503-221-1611 and for the special rates, you need to say that you're with:
Group Name: Cushing's Understanding, Support and Help Organization
For this Event: Cushing's Organizations 10.03
Dates: October 14-19, 2003

• A Timezone card near the InstaChats, to help people know when others were chatting.

• eCards for all occasions are now available on the Cushings-Help site.

• Sign up for notification of local meetings. You need not be a CUSH member to participate.

• There are now 1326 members on the Message Boards

• We welcome your articles, letters to the editor, bios and Cushing's information. Submit a Story or Article to either the snailmail CUSH Newsletter or to an upcoming email newsletter at http://www.cushings-help.com/newsletter_story.htm A no-obligation free sample of the CUSH Organization Newsletter is also available from that same link.

• A list of Current CUSH Organization members is available here.

Newest Bios:
To add or edit your bio, please click here.
DebMV Updated
Pituitary Surgery May 9, 2000 
Seattle, Washington
Margaret "Peggy" Hobbs Not Yet Diagnosed Superior, Arizona
Marty Collins Updated
Pituitary, Empty Sella.
Las Vegas, NV
Theresa Bessette Pituitary Surgery November, 2002 Guilford, Vermont

• If you've been diagnosed with Cushing's, please participate in the Cushing's Register

The information you provide will be used to create a register and will be shared with the medical world. It would not be used for other purposes without your expressed permission. Note: This information will not be sold or shared with other companies.

Lynne Clemens, Secretary of CUSH Org is be the person responsible for the creation of this register. If you have any questions you may contact her at lynnemc@attbi.com. You do not have to be a member of CUSH to fill out this questionnaire, as long as you are a Cushing’s patient. We do not believe that the world has an accurate accounting of Cushing’s patients. The only way to authenticate accuracy is with actual numbers. Your help will be appreciated. Thank you."

Decorative Candles:
Julia (Spencer's Mom) is beginning to make food oriented candles - shaped like sundaes, pies, and other desserts. She will donate 20% of the proceeds to CUSH and she's even trying to making a candle in the shape of the CUSH pin!

5” Pies $10 each

These three-wick tantalizing pies are appropriately scented.  They come in a bakery container and make a great gift!  Strawberry, Cherry, Apple, Blueberry (with lattice top) 

Chocolate & Pecan (without lattice top)

3” Pie Tarts $5 each

These are the same as the 5” pies, only smaller!

Strawberry, Cherry, Apple, Blueberry, Chocolate & Pecan (all no lattice top) with lattice top add $1

Cobblers $12 each Just like Mom used to make only without the calories!
Peach, Blackberry, Cherry

Cupcakes $3 each or 12 for $30

Looking for a unique Birthday gift?  How about a plate of Cupcake Candles?  Vanilla or Chocolate “cake” with white frosting and sprinkles

Cinnamon Bun - $12 (not pictured)
Just imagine hot cinnamon buns fresh out of the oven and that is what you’ll get with this huge candle.  (plates vary)

 Chunk Candles
Floating Candles: choice of colors & scents

These can be customized with your choice of color chunks.
Tealights 6 for $3.00

3 x 4” hex $12
Tarts 6 for $5.00

Pyramid  $15
Votive $1.50

Please allow 2 weeks for delivery, as each candle is hand poured.  Complete the order form below and e-mail to jwahlton@cfl.rr.com.  20% of proceeds will be donated back to CUSH.  Payment is made via Paypal only to jwahlton@cfl.rr.com.  Once order is placed we will send you a Paypal invoice for payment, which will include shipping charges. 


Black, Blue, Brown, Gold, Grey, Ivory, Lavender, Orange, Purple, Red, Yellow, White

Coral, Lime Green, Hot Pink (these are fluorescent and will glow under a black light)

* If you do not see a color here ask me and I’ll try to get it for you


Carnation, Cherry, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Cinnamon, Coffee, Cucumber, Eucalyptus, Floral, Georgia Peaches, Hot Apple Pie, McIntosh Apple, Musk, Orange Blossom, Pear Blossom, Polo (for Men), Raspberry, Sugar Cookie, Vanilla

* If you do not see a scent here ask me and I’ll try to get it for you
I’m constantly adding new products so if you’re looking for something just ask!

Cushings Support Fundraiser





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Cape Cod Candles:
Lynn in Va Cushieinvirginia@msn.com) has an idea for a CUSH fundraiser. Her friend Sherri has been a Party-Lite Candle consultant for many years. The candles have several different scents/colors to choose from: Cinnamon Stick (Brown), Raspberry/Thyme (raspberry), Mulberry (Mulberry), Ocean Mist (Royal Blue), Bayberry (Sage), Lime/Cilantro (light sage), Honeydew (Mint), Pear / Basil (Yellow), Vanilla (Ivory). There is an optional lid and a platter to go underneath.

These would make terrific Secret Someone gifts and you'd be helping CUSH out at the same time!

The candles are all pure Cape Cod candles. The total cost is 15.00 per candle including shipping/handling. Sherri has offered us her commission, $3.00 for each candle that is sold, to go to our CUSH Organization.

For an order form, please email Cushieinvirginia@msn.com or download here in Excel format.

Please send checks with orders to:
Sherri Blakeman
7808 Knollwood Street
Brandywine, MD 20613

You may also email orders to Sherriblakeman@comcast.net and mail the checks to her.

Many thanks to Lynn and Sherri!

Burden Bears:
Natalie has been collecting some money for CUSH.

She says: "I am making "Burden Bears" and selling them at my craft shows and I am donating $1 from each sale... ...So far I have collected about $20 for us."

The Cushing's Store
for all kinds of Cushing's Labled clothing, coffee mugs, totebags and much more. Great for your endo or Secret Someone.
Remember iGive.com...
... all year round.

iGive.com allows online stores to donate a percentage of their profit to running these Cushing's Support sites (the message boards, http://www.cushings-help.com, http://www.CUSH.org, http://www.cushings-support.com and http://www.cushingsonline.com) at no cost to you. So far, members have raised $226.28, and it hasn't cost them a cent.

Through April 30th, iGive.com is giving away FREE $5 donations for each new member who joins iGive & shops within 45 days!

See the list of participating merchants.

Thank you so much for your support!

Thanks to all of you for these clever Fundraising ideas.

CUSH can always use funds to help us all, by spreading the word and helping others. What can *you* do to help CUSH?

Upcoming Local Meetings:
• Shauna has been busy setting this up...CUSH is proud to announce that we are planning a meeting for October of 2003 in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

We have arranged to have Dr. David Cook of Oregon Health Sciences University speak to our group. Dr. Cook is an Cushing's expert and we are honored to have him speak.

We've added another speaker (thanks Cookie!), a neurosurgeon who works with Dr. Cook's patients. His name is Dr. Johnny Deleshaw, and he's the one who performed Kelly and Emilie's surgeries.

We are also arranging to have additional speakers, including (hopefully) a neuropsychologist and a gynecologist, to help us with all that goes with Cushing's Syndrome.

We are tentatively looking at booking our rooms at the Embassy Suites, Portland Airport location. The cost for a single room suite is $109, about $130 after taxes. Your room will include a breakfast. The rooms are very nice and spacious. We will have both smoking and non-smoking available.

The dates will be: October 16, 17 and 18th, with departure on the 19th. Our schedule will be as follows:

Thursday: General meeting of CUSH, one hour CUSH officers meeting, evening cocktail hour.

Friday: Conference with our speakers and a catered lunch, courtesy of CUSH. Dinner out that night (we'll provide selections).

Saturday: FUN!! We're looking at either a boat ride down the Columbia Gorge or possibly at train ride down the Gorge.

Sunday: Hugs, tears and goodbyes

There will be a small charge (donation, tax deductible) to attend the conference, but we are sure it will be worth every cent. Many of us are putting in lots of work to make this an unforgettable, yearly event. We will invite you to tell your doctors about this - YOU NEED NOT BE A MEMBER OF CUSH TO ATTEND. We will have materials available for you to post and give your doctor to promote this event. It will be very professional and we will have some fun events planned.

We are setting a date after which attendance will be restricted. Tentatively, we are looking at until June for Conference attendance and July as the last time to book a room. All of this is subject to change, as we're still ironing out details.

Download the Hotel Reservation Information (Word File) for Portland, OR, CUSH meeting, October 2003, here.

If you must call them instead of filling out this form, the number is 503-221-1611 and for the special rates, you need to say that you're with:
Group Name: Cushing's Understanding, Support and Help Organization
For this Event: Cushing's Organizations 10.03
Dates: October 14-19, 2003

Thanks to everyone - this is going to be one great conference!

• Upcoming Cushing's Lunch, Columbia, South Carolina area. Renea is setting this up. 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.

• To list other local meetings, please send an email.


Rose Marie found this article for us

Journal Links ACTH Dependent Ectopic

Here's a new article from The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
Vol. 88, No. 3 1029-1035
Copyright © 2003 by The Endocrine Society :


Original Article

Management of Occult Adrenocorticotropin-Secreting Bronchial Carcinoids: Limits of Endocrine Testing and Imaging Techniques P. Loli, F. Vignati, E. Grossrubatscher, P. Dalino, M. Possa, F. Zurleni, G. Lomuscio, O. Rossetti, M. Ravini, A. Vanzulli, C. Bacchetta, C. Galli and D. Valente Endocrine Unit (P.L., F.V., E.G., P.D.) and Departments of Nuclear Medicine (M.P.), Thoracic Surgery (M.R.), Radiology (A.V., C.B.), Pathology (C.G.), Clinical Biochemistry (D.V.), and Surgery (O.R.), Niguarda Hospital, 20162 Milan, Italy; and Divisions of Surgery (F.Z.) and Nuclear Medicine (G.L.), 21052 Busto Arsizio Hospital, Busto Arsizio, Italy

Address all correspondence and requests for reprints to: Dr. Paola Loli, U.O. Endocrinologia, Ospedale Niguarda, Piazza Ospedale Maggiore 3, 20162 Milan, Italy. E-mail: ploli@iol.it.


The differential diagnosis and the identification of the source of ACTH in occult ectopic Cushing’s syndrome due to a bronchial carcinoid still represents a challenge for the endocrinologist. We report our experience in six patients with occult bronchial carcinoid in whom extensive hormonal, imaging, and scintigraphic evaluation was performed. All patients presented with hypercortisolism associated with high plasma ACTH values. The CRH test and high dose dexamethasone suppression test suggested an ectopic source of ACTH in three of six patients. During bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling, none of the patients showed a central to peripheral ACTH gradient. At the time of diagnosis, none of the patients had radiological evidence of the ectopic source of ACTH, whereas pentetreotide scintigraphy identified the lesion in two of four patients. Finally, a chest computed tomography scan revealed the presence of a bronchial lesion in all patients, and pentetreotide scintigraphy identified four of six lesions. In all patients a bronchial carcinoid was found and removed. In one patient with scintigraphic evidence of residual disease after two operations, radioguided surgery, using a hand-held probe after iv administration of radiolabeled pentetreotide, was performed; this allowed detection and removal of residual multiple mediastinal lymph node metastases. In conclusion, our data show that there is not a single endocrine test or imaging procedure accurate enough to diagnose and localize occult ectopic ACTH-secreting bronchial carcinoids. Radioguided surgery appears to be promising in the presence of multiple tumor foci and previous incomplete removal of the tumor.

Rose Marie has access to the full text article. If you are interested, msg her.

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