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Woman with gigantism awaits life-changing blood test

Heather Klein

Woman with gigantism awaits life-changing blood test

CREATED Nov. 23, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - We've been following her battle against gigantism for more than a year.  Now she's waiting for news from a doctor that could be a turning point in her life.

Tanya Angus is undergoing experimental treatments and a new blood test could mean the difference between life and death.

"This medication is playing havoc with the rest of the systems in her body," Tanya's mom, Karen Strutinski, said.

A mass tumor is pressing on Tanya's pituitary gland, forcing an overload of growth hormone.  Even though her last blood test showed significant improvement, she's still growing.   And the physical and emotional toll is becoming too much.

"I can just see myself slowly deteriorating and I want to have the will to fight," Tanya says.

Because if this test result proves her growing has finally stopped, Tanya will have to undergo another brain surgery to debulk her tumor.  If not, Tanya's running out of options.

"I'm going to have to stop everything and go into hospice," Tanya said.

Words her mother refuses to believe.

"Maybe if doctors would have picked up on it earlier, she would have had a better outcome," Karen says.

A turning point.  As for which way it goes, Tanya and her mother forced to wait two agonizing weeks to find out.

To learn more about Tanya's story, or about her disease, just go to Tanya's website.