Shona is kindly hosting an Addison's Afternoon Tea in May with her loved ones to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ADSHG. Please support Shona's fundraising effort!

I was diagnosed with Addison’s disease 24 years ago when I was 16 years old. It was a long road to being diagnosed and I want to raise awareness and money to help make things easier for other people in the same position.

I'm raising money for the Addison's Disease Self-Help Group so that they can continue to support people with Addison's and adrenal insufficiency.  Addison’s is a rare endocrine condition where the adrenal glands do not produce enough steroid hormones and can be life threatening. It affects approximately 1 in 10,000 people, meaning an estimated 300 - 350 new cases are diagnosed each year across the UK, this makes it roughly 300 times rarer than diabetes.

Life-long treatment with replacement steroid hormones is required. Medication is usually taken several times daily at carefully timed intervals and individuals must also know how to administer an emergency hydrocortisone injection to prevent a potentially fatal adrenal crisis. 

Addison's disease and the Addison's Disease Self-Help Group (ADSHG)

At the ADSHG, we are here to support the Addison’s and adrenal insufficiency community and their healthcare providers to promote better medical understanding of this rare condition, campaign for and support everyone affected by adrenal failure, and fund vital research.

Do grab a cuppa and have a read about what the condition is, what we do, and how you can support people you know who have the condition if they become unwell.

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Another big thank you Shona from everyone at the ADSHG.

Shona Young