I recently schooled myself in Reddit for a work project and its fascinating how quickly the site has become a forum for people to concoct quirky images and videos [also known as memes.]
Growing up, Bear Silber was an extremely active individual. In his adulthood, he began suffering with mystery ailments, which lasted for at least five years. After visiting several doctors and taking numerous blood tests, none were able to diagnose him for the symptoms he was enduring.
It wasn’t until he saw a Meme on the website Reddit of a man displaying similar symptoms to what Silber was dealing with. Although the meme was meant to be a joke, Silber read through user comments, one of which mentioned similarities to Cushing’s Syndrome. “Cushing’s disease is caused by a tumor or excess growth of the pituitary gland.The Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) stimulates the production and release of cortisol, a stress hormone.”* Silber’s grew to 20x larger than the normal size.
After researching the illness, Silber uncovered that he had all of he symptoms and rushed to doctors, who unfortunately turned him away when he told his story and that he self-diagnosed himself. He finally contacted an endocrinologist who immediately agreed with him and knew that the symptoms coincided with Cushing’s Syndrome.
A successful surgery later, he has created a Kickstarter to share his story and eventually write a book about his experiences. Help him reach his goal!