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Reddit Saves Life of Man With Rare Disease

He Wants To Write a Book About It

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Bear Silber of Wailuku, Hawaii was sick. He had been to doctors, had lots of tests. But, he was not getting any better. He had no insurance. He was hiding away in his own home, in constant pain.

One day, Silber saw a picture and a comment on Reddit about a physical condition called “Cushing’s Syndrome”. He recognized the symptoms as matching his own. He took his newfound discovery to his doctor, and eventually to an endocrinologist. Thanks to the comment he saw posted on Reddit, Silber was able to get the treatment he needed and is now on the road to recovery.

Now, as a thank you to the community, Silber wants to write a book about his experience. He has launched a Kickstarter project to tell the world about how Reddit saved his life. His job barely pays his medical bills, so he is looking for some support in order to write his book. His goal is to raise $17,500 to help with his expenses while he writes the book, as well as some other professional support in getting the book to audiences.

Reddit Saves Life of Man With Rare Disease


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  • nzingha

    i HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CUSHING AND I AM VERY CONCERNED THAT THE DOC HERE IN UK IS NOT GIVING IT THE KIND OF URGENT ATTENTION IT NEEDS. I FEEL I NEED TO BE LOOKING ELSEWHERE FOR THE URGENT TREATMENT…WHAT IS REDDIT? WHEN I CHECKED WITH THE DOC, HE HASNT MADE THE APPOINTMENT WITH THE ENDO…I AM HERE FEELING SICK AND ITS AS IF… WELL THESE THINGS TAKE TIMNE TO GET THE APPOINTMENT YOU KNOW… I CANT WAIT ON TIME…!

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/mike-tuttle Mike Tuttle

      www.reddit.com is simply a site where people post pictures, links to articles, discuss things, etc. It is not a medical site. A commenter on the picture the man mentioned just happened to know about Cushings. I understand that getting appointments with specialists take time under the NHS system. They take time here in the U.S. too, despite what people like to tell each other come election time. But, if your GP has not even attempted to make the appointment, that is unusual from what my friends in the UK tell me. It may be time to go over his head. Try this page: http://www.nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/complaints/Pages/NHScomplaints.aspx

      Good luck!

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