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Grateful Patient Stories

Panhypopituitarism Patient Story

Dr. Araque is a Godsend!

I have been a panhypopituitarism patient for 40 years when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of five. The surgery went better than expected, and so did the follow up care, until I became an adult. I entered a new world of challenges as most endocrinologists know nothing about the complexities of a patient who has no pituitary. Many of the “specialty” doctors I went through before finding Dr. Katherine Araque were either poorly versed in pituitary replacement care or were apathetic and cared very little about me as a human being.

In 2018 I nearly died due to poor medical care. I knew what was wrong, but my doctors at that time would not listen. A virus was complicating my endocrine condition which in turn was complicating getting over the virus. Finally, after almost 1 year and 1/2 of being deathly ill and searching for an endocrinologist who understood my condition, I came across Dr. Katherine Araque.

She saved my life, literally.

Dr. Araque is not a “yes man”. She is methodical, thorough, brilliant, and personable – all the right ingredients needed in a Pituitary Endocrinologist.

In the few months that I have been her patient, I have been able to re-engage in life, go back to work full time, make new and life-long friends, and launch a business. She truly understands the impact that the endocrine system has on my entire life.

Thank you Dr. Araque and all the staff at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute. I wouldn’t be here today without you. And I certainly would not be enjoying the best years of my life. I truly cannot say thank you enough!