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Cushing's, as you may know, destroys your entire body.  You may know most of the visible symptoms, but did you know that Cushing's can also cause memory loss?  I was in college when I had the most visible symptoms, and suddenly was getting all C's instead of the usually A's and B's.  I had a hard time studying for tests, and tried ADD medications like Adderall and Concerta to see if that would help.  Years later, as I was diagnosed and treated, I read this study, that suggested the reason young people with Cushing's don't do well in school was because of short term memory loss.

Obviously, I remembered the big stuff.  What I did yesterday, who my friends were, etc., but the less important things, like what I read in my biology book or what I studied the night before disappeared.  I failed tests, couldn't remember readings, and had a hard time writing up labs, because I couldn't retain information!  This was not so obvious at the time, I only realized it years later.

I'm finishing up with some classes from UVM that I was unable to finish, and preparing to go back to school at some point, and hopefully these symptoms will be much improved.

Did you have impaired school performance when you had Cushing's?  Did you ever go back to school post-Cushing's?  How did you do?

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  1. I was diagnosed in the middle of my first semester of my 4th year of college. I had 1 semester left to graduate. I had the "never quit attitude". I scheduled pituitary tumor surgery over Christmas break and went back the next semester to finish. Looking back... I never should have done that. It was an awful semester of healing and residual symptoms. I don't remember much memory loss... but I remember being weak from muscle loss and had issues navigating the large campus. I was tired and depressed and busy ALL the time just trying to keep my head above water. I worked my a** off in college and finished with my friends... I don't regret it, but I was clueless what life would be like after I thought I would be "cured" -- Christen

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