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The ever changing face of Cushing's
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When Jordy was 18, he was a very active and physically fit young man. He served just under three years in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (reserve forces), regularly fulfilling all physical training and was a prominent member of the Army's shooting team. At this time Jordy was suffering no symptoms of Cushing's syndrome.


Noticeable changes can be seen in Jordy's facial features during his early days with GMTV. His weight had gone from 12 stone up to 14 stone and he was finding it increasingly more difficult to lose weight. It was at this point Jordy began his long and at times frustrating journeys to and from his local GP


By the start of the 2000s, Jordy was finding it impossible to get presenting roles within his beloved television industry. Having to fall back on his theatre training, he turned to working around the UK and internationally as an entertainments manager. It can be clearly seen at this time that Jordy was suffering symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome (moon face).


In 2005 Jordy was finally diagnosed with Cushing’s syndrome. His career and life had taken a dramatic turn with his marriage to his long term girlfriend. It was also during this period that he had to rely on doing extra work within the TV industry and also work as a chaperone. He had to wear glasses due to his pituitary gland swelling on his optical nerves.

2005 - 2010

During 2005 to 2010, Jordy would have to go through numerous brain surgeries, adrenal surgeries with lots of complications. During this time his weight ballooned to almost 17 stone and his blood pressure was easily heading into the 200 mark. It was through this period his face changed many different times.



Changing Faces

“Cushing’s syndrome is a rare condition that is the result of too much of the hormone cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a hormone normally made by the adrenal glands and it is necessary for life. It allows people to respond to stressful situations such as illness, and has effects on almost all body tissues. It is produced in bursts, most in the early morning, with very few at night. When too much cortisol is made by the body itself, it is called Cushing’s syndrome, regardless of the cause. Some patients have Cushing’s syndrome because the adrenal glands have a tumor(s) making too much cortisol. Other patients have Cushing’s syndrome because they make too much of the hormone ACTH, which causes the adrenal glands to make cortisol. When the ACTH comes from the pituitary gland it is called Cushing’s disease. Cushing’s syndrome is fairly rare (1 in a million). It is more often found in women than in men and often occurs between the ages of 20 and 40” from the pituitary society
Today Jordy’s weight has dropped dramatically, he is back training regularly and enjoying life again. He is reminded daily that he has Cushing’s through the tablets he has to takes. It is this that pushes him to once again dared to dream and chase a career he has always wanted.
Changing Faces