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Woman with gigantism continues new treatment plan while helping others

Woman with gigantism continues new treatment plan while helping others

CREATED Jul 1, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Action News has been covering the ongoing story of Tanya Angus and her struggle with gigantism for months. 

It's a story that has touched people across the country. 

More than a month has gone by since Tanya's treatment changed under a new doctor, and now she's using her popularity to help others.

"I just hope it works," Tanya Angus says.

For the next six months Tanya's normal dosage of growth hormone blocker is upped to experimental levels.  In the last year the medication has worked to slow down her growth, but not stop it.   Tanya is 6'11" and her weight fluctuates well above three hundred pounds.

"I'm hoping we're going to be able to normalize the biochemical indicators of this disease activity," Dr. Lewis Blevins with the California Center for Pituitary Disorders says.

Even if it works, Tanya will never go back to what's viewed as normal.  But now, after a lot of media attention, she says she's doesn't feel quite so alone.

"I love it when people come up to me and say I saw you on Channel 13," Tanya says.

"We feel very loved, and very cared for, people actually care," Tanya's mother, Karen Sturtynski says.

Now her story is helping others.

"It happens to a lot of people not just me, I'm just the biggest," Tanya says.

Tanya and her mother say through Internet and TV exposure, they've been in contact with 31 families dealing with the same disease, acromegaly.

"People are calling, people are connecting, and people are connecting with Tanya and we're not by ourselves anymore, we have the community," Karen says.

On top of the notoriety, donations have also come in for Tanya and her family.  The Elks Lodge gave her a thousand dollars, while a seamstress has said she would help make clothes that better fit her.  

Tanya says she will keep paying it forward.

If you want to know more about Tanya and her disease, she has a website listed below.