Sisters With Addison's Disease

Olivia was diagnosed with Addison's disease at almost 3 years old in July 2008. Little sister, Kinsley, was diagnosed with Addison's @ 7 months in Feb. 2011. We now know they were both born with it! Addison's Disease is an extremely rare disease occuring in about 1 in 400,000 people. Also called Adrenal Insufficiency, the adrenal glands do not produce cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone essential to life, and effects almost every organ in your body. It helps your body cope with any type of stress, both physical or mental. It often goes undiagnosed until an emergency situation called an Addisonian Crisis. With lifetime daily steriods (Hydrocortisone) both girls are expected to have normal, happy lives...just with a little extra precaution and lots of extra love. We are so thankful both our girls were disgnosed before it was too late.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Olivia's Before and After Pictures

Olivia @ 5 months. Before she started showing symptoms.

Olivia @ 9 months, starting to develop hyperpigmentation of the skin.

Olivia @ 2 years 9 months, extreme hyperpigmentation.

Olivia @ 3. Four months after starting hydrocortisone.

Olivia @ 5 1/2 years old. Two years after start of hydrocortisone.

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