Patient Advocate / Community Outreach, Brain Tumor and Pituitary Disorders Centers
One year after Sharmyn’s own pituitary surgery in April 2000, she and Dr. Kelly founded a pituitary tumor patient support group. The group has continued to grow over the years and patients from around the world have shared in support with our online videos of past meetings.
Sharmyn’s in-depth understanding of pituitary disorders comes from not only being a patient herself but as well as knowing personally hundreds of patient throughout the years and from many parts of the world. Her story speaks about the barriers that kept her searching for seven years for an answer to an insidious illness that nearly took her life, and the importance of persistence which led her to a correct diagnosis for Cushing’s disease, a life-threatening hormonal imbalance caused by a pituitary brain tumor. For nearly two decades Sharmyn has been dedicated to helping medical professionals as well as the public to understand the importance of education and public awareness about the critical role hormones play in our quality of life.