A woman who has been diagnosed with a rare hormonal disorder – after sleeping more than 12 hours a day – has revealed her anxiety over “hurting” comments about being “lazy”.
Shannon Mosier, 25, who lives in the US, didn’t know why she was always so tired or what was behind her weight gain and depression.
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The dental assistant had to quit her full-time job due to severe fatigue, which forced her to take naps during her lunch breaks.
She would also nap when she got home as well as sleep at night.
Her family and friends branded her “lazy” and suggested she change her diet and lifestyle.
But the young woman was eventually diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland in her brain.
The condition means the body produces too much of the hormone cortisol, leading to extreme fatigue, weight gain and depression.
Mosier had attributed her exhaustion to stress at work and school.
“I slept over 12 hours a day and was still extremely exhausted,” she said.
“When I woke up I tried to go about my day and ended up having to go back to bed because I was so tired.
“I slept late and was then able to sleep at night.
“I was literally like Sleeping Beauty.”
The overwhelming fatigue affected every aspect of her life, including work and potential social time.
“I had to take a nap on my lunch break and then come home at the end of the day with no energy to exercise or even cook a meal,” Mosier said.
“I would go to bed early and then sleep in at the weekend.
“It got so bad that I didn’t want to see my friends as I had no physical, mental or emotional energy.”
Family and friends expressed their frustration towards Mosier, believing she was simply doing nothing.
“People thought I was lazy, and some had even said so to me,” she said.
“My mom said to me a few times, ‘I think you need to change your diet and exercise more.’
“People said to me, ‘Why don’t you try this diet I’m on?’ or asked me if I wanted to go running.
“It was hurtful and frustrating.
“I know people meant well and I tried to focus on that, but I tried to tell everyone that something didn’t feel right.”
Not only was Mosier extremely tired, she also gained weight.
“I have always been healthy and fit my whole life. I’ve always been slim,” she said.
“But I started gaining weight. From June 2021 to March 2022 I gained 22 kg in nine months.
“I hadn’t changed my diet or lifestyle.
“Seeing my body change and not recognizing myself spiraled me even further.
“I didn’t feel like myself and didn’t look like me.
“It made me stop going out.”
Doctors eventually found the tumor in Mosier’s throat and diagnosed with Cushing’s disease – which explained all of her symptoms.
“I didn’t have people who believed me. My family thought I was just burned out,” Mosier said.
“I felt like I had no support. I thought I was crazy and it was all in my head.
“But hearing that I had a tumor was a relief.
“(I felt) that something is wrong and I can have it fixed.”
Mosier urges people to always be kind to others as they may not know when someone is down.
“It’s important to realize that it may not look or seem like someone is sick … but you never know,” she said.
“The biggest thing I do is try to be kind to myself and understand that I can’t do as much as I want to.
“I’m 25 years old, live with my parents, don’t work and my social life has collapsed.
“So I feel like I’m behind on my life.
“But it’s not my fault, and if I need to take an extra nap, I need to listen to my body.”
Mosier is currently waiting to have the tumor removed.
“Until then, I will take care of myself and try to recover,” she said.
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