My mother got fat after my younger brother was born. She had always been very skinny and to see herself get fat was hard for her. All the doctors told her to diet. She tried really hard without success. A terrible fungus infection took over her legs, itchy and red, and no medication got rid of it. Her ribs cracked when she was hugged. She was emotionally labile. Her face became moon-shaped. She developed a dowager’s hump, hair on her face, and thinning hair on her head. People thought she was my father’s mother. My parents had good insurance. She went to many doctors. Finally, after >20 years, she went to Scripps in Dan Diego. I’ve read the reports. They say, paraphrased, that my mother was just fat and neurotic but they might as well check her for Cushing’s Syndrome, which , of course, she had. All those years, my poor mom. I hope that other people will read this and demand tests for unexplained weight gain and other symptoms and not just accept that they are ‘fat and neurotic’.