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Woman Who Keeps Growing

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Woman Who Keeps Growing

Tanya Angus keeps growing, and no surgery or medication has been able to halt her growth…

Miss Angus, 30, from Nevada, keeps growing. Suffering from a rare growth condition known as Acromeglia, often referred to as gigantism, Angus is the only woman in the world whose growth cannot be halted by medication.

Over the last ten years she has grown ten inches and is now one of world’s tallest and heaviest women at 6ft 6ins and 34 stone.

woman who keeps growing Woman Who Keeps Growing

“I’m staying hopeful,” she said.

“Without hope you don’t have anything. I hope they can stop me growing one day so I can try to live as normally as possible.”

It was in her late teens when Miss Angus’s first noticed her feet, face and figure were continuing to grow at an alarming rate.

“I started to feel unhappy with my appearance. I started spending a fortune on make-up, trying to make myself look better. I couldn’t understand why my face didn’t look as attractive any more,”

She also began suffering from a ‘constant’ flu, severe migraines, depression. Although she kept visiting her GP, he believed the, then 20-year-old, was an attention seeker hoping to be prescribed anti-depressant drugs.

It wasn’t long after that Miss Angus’s figure started to become more like a mans.

“Someone at work actually asked me if I used to be a man…

“My voice had also changed and become deeper. I was devastated and started to feel very shy and insecure.”

Things finally came to a head when her own boyfriend also asked her about her new shape, and got his mum to ask her whether she’d had a sex change.

“I was heartbroken and I decided I didn’t want any more to do with him, I phoned my mum and said I wanted to come back to Nevada…

“As soon as my sister saw me at the airport, she knew I’d changed, and she called my mum and told her we needed to see a doctor.”

tanya angus before and after Acromeglia Woman Who Keeps Growing

The family GP immediately recognized the signs of gigantism and referred Miss Angus to a specialist. At that stage she was 6ft 1ins tall, and a size 14 to 16, with size 10 feet.

An MRI scan revealed a tumor the size of a grapefruit in her brain which had wrapped itself around her inner carotid artery, resulting in the overproduction of growth hormone.

At first doctors though nothing could be done. But Miss Angus’s mother, Karen, kept searching the Internet and medical publications until she finally found a doctor who would operate.

In 2003, Angus underwent the surgery to remove most of the tumor, but small parts of it turned out to be too difficult to remove.

She was then given a cocktail of drugs to try to reduce the amount of hormones in her body. At this point Angus had a count of 3,000 hormones, compared to an average person’s of just 250. Doctors hoped they could lower her level below 1,000, but the drugs were unsuccessful.

Unable to walk properly, Angus was forced to live with her mum and stepdad. She barley went outside and was subject to stares and abusive comments in the street.

“It was horrible…

“My whole life had to change, and I couldn’t do anything for myself any more. The hardest thing is that people kept thinking I was man, and calling me sir, which really annoys me. I try to dress in feminine clothes and wear make-up to look nice, but it’s really hard when you’re my size.”

Two years later, Angus’s hormone levels began to soar. A second specialist discovered the tumor had grown again and was now the size of an orange. She underwent another surgery and fat from her stomach was used to pad out areas of brain tissue from where the tumor had been removed.

Angus was put on another set of medication, but her levels never dipped below 900, and are back up over 1,000.

Then two years ago, Miss Angus suffered a stroke, caused by the pressure her massive body was putting on her heart.

She had to learn how to walk and talk again, and now suffers hearing difficulties. She recovered and went to live with her sister, but still struggles to get around, and now uses a wheelchair.

“Doctors just say there is nothing we can do for her,” said Karen:

“You don’t know how many doctors we have called to try and help us. We’ve spent all our savings, over $200,000 trying to help her…

“One doctor even told me that my daughter had only two months to live, that was eight months ago, but I refused to believe it. I won’t stop until we can find something to halt the growth.”

Now Tanya has a new doctor, who she’s been seeing for three months, and he is hopeful of finally finding a drug combination to slow down her growth.

“I’m doing this story because I want people to understand why I’m this way…

“It’s not my fault I ended up like this…

“People even in my home town are still so hurtful, and I’d like people to be educated so they can treat me as a real person at last.”

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