Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lucy's Story

Age 6

Children’s Hospital Foundation

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

Shortly after birth, Lucy was diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. Lucy is unable to make the stress hormone cortisol, which means she becomes very ill in times of physical stress. Her first year was very traumatic, but with the help of the medical teams through Children’s Hospital Foundation, Lucy, now 6, is extremely active and living the life of a normal child.

Lucy will be on replacement doses of hormones the rest of her life due to her adrenal insufficiency, but that doesn’t slow her down. You’ll always find her running around, meeting new friends. She loves to laugh and you’ll frequently find her singing her way through her day.

When Lucy grows up she wants to be a doctor. She can already walk you through a typical doctor’s visit by taking your vitals, listening to your heart beat and giving you a pretend shot. She knows the all the procedures and will ensure you receive the best possible care, just like she’s received every step of her life.

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