PARKLAND, FL- January is Adrenal Cancer Awareness Month in Florida, and last year we featured an article on Orly Goldman, a Parkland resident battling the disease. Just a year later and Goldman is in the battle for her life and recently has been put on hospice.
The Parkland community has rallied around Goldman, her husband Andrew, and their two children. A gofundme drive was created to assist the family with the medical expenses and ease the financial burdens. At the time of publication, $66,091 had been raised.
Orly Goldman struggled for years to find a diagnosis for her symptoms. After a few years of many doctor's visits and testing she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Adrenal Cancer. The cancer had already spread to her liver and lungs before she was diagnosed.
Through her diagnosis and treatment Goldman has fought hard for herself and family. She has also strived to educate others on rare, incurable cancer. Last year that was her goal for the article on her disease. She didn't want pity, instead hoping for people to know the signs and symptoms of this rare disease and to encourage people to be an advocate for themselves.
"Early detection is so important. I don't want others to go through this," shares Goldman, "I need to spread awareness about adrenal cancer. I now have a bigger purpose in life."
To continue her mission; Goldman wants to share the warning signs of Adrenal Cancer, which can include:
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Leg weakness
- Hormone changes in women that might cause acne or excess hair growth on face, back, chest
- Hormone changes in men that might cause enlarged breast tissue and shrinking testicles
- Irregular periods or loss of menstrual cycle
- Depression, anxiety, forgetfulness
- Abdominal bloating
- Back pain
- Weakened bones (osteoporosis)
- High blood sugar levels, often leading to diabetes
- Fat deposits behind the neck and shoulders (fatty hump or buffalo hump)
- Purple stretch marks on the abdomen
Read Orly Goldman's featured article: January's Adrenal Awareness Month Hits Home for Parkland Resident
To donate to the Goldman family click gofundme
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