What if I told you that you know someone with Carney Complex?

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You‘d prob­a­bly look at the num­bers for Car­ney Com­plex and say: That‘s impos­si­ble. Too rare!
What if I told you you are wrong?
You‘d more than like­ly shake your head in dis­be­lief. Ask­ing your­self hadn‘t we just done the math? No chance!
How could I even believe this?

Let me change your per­spec­tive with
Stan­ley Milgram‘s small-world the­o­ry, also often asso­ci­at­ed with the phrase six degrees of sep­a­ra­tion.

small word theory/six degrees of separation

Small-World Theory

Stan­ley Mil­gram, togeth­er with oth­er researchers, con­duct­ed sev­er­al exper­i­ments exam­in­ing the aver­age path length for social net­works of peo­ple in the Unit­ed States. The results were ground­break­ing because it sug­gest­ed that human soci­ety is a small-world-type net­work char­ac­ter­ized by short path-lengths.

Six Degrees of Separation

Six degrees of sep­a­ra­tion is the idea that all liv­ing things and every­thing else in the world are six or few­er steps away from each oth­er. Lead­ing to a chain of ‘a friend of a friend’ state­ments. This in turn con­nects any two peo­ple in a max­i­mum of six steps. Frigyes Karinthy in 1929 was the one to make this obser­va­tion.

Current Numbers for Carney Complex

There are 750 of 7.9 bil­lion doc­u­ment­ed cas­es of peo­ple world­wide with a diag­no­sis of Car­ney Com­plex (CNC). That makes 1 in every 10 mil­lion. What peo­ple don‘t under­stand when it comes to CNC is that it‘s an umbrel­la term for a num­ber of con­di­tions, that could just as well stand on their own. The name itself says it all, it’s ‘com­plex’, it’s made up of an inter­twin­ing group of med­ical con­di­tions that are dif­fer­ent for every sin­gle patient. Every­one’s expe­ri­ence of CNC is so dif­fer­ent, even in fam­i­lies that share the same path­o­gen­ic mutations.

For example

I look at CNC as my pri­ma­ry con­di­tion. CNC caus­es tumors and can­cer­ous growths in dif­fer­ent areas of my body. This is why I have also been diag­nosed with Hepa­to­cel­lu­lar Ade­no­ma, Fibro­lamel­lar Hepa­to­cel­lu­lar Car­ci­no­ma, car­diac myx­o­mas, pap­il­lary can­cer of the Thy­roid, Acromegaly and PPNAD Cush­ing’s Syn­drome. While Cush­ing’s was “cured” it result­ed in me hav­ing a form of Addis­on’s dis­ease. These are what I call my sec­ondary con­di­tions. I‘ve learned through read­ing and the inter­ac­tion with oth­ers that my sec­ondary con­di­tons (Cush­ings, Acromegaly, Hepa­to­cel­lu­lar Ade­no­ma, Fibro­lamel­lar Hepa­to­cel­lu­lar Cari­no­ma and pap­il­lary can­cer of the Thy­roid) can occur alone. Mean­ing there does not need to be a con­nec­tion to CNC, but there could be – like in my case.

Does this mean I have Carney Complex?

No. This doesn‘t mean that some­one who has Cush­ings Syn­drome also has CNC. How­ev­er if theirs is caused by PPNAD and they have a his­to­ry of oth­er tumors in or on their body it might be worth their med­ical team con­sid­er­ing Car­ney Com­plex. You have to meet oth­er cri­te­ria too which you can check out here.

How you can help!

Because of the ‘small-world the­o­ry’ and the ‘six degrees of sep­a­ra­tion’ you might know some­one who knows some­one (x6), that has Cushing‘s dis­ease (caused by PPNAD or a pitu­itary tumour). And even if you don‘t, shar­ing with the peo­ple around you about Car­ney Com­plex, those peo­ple then might know some­one, who knows some­one (x6). Quin­tes­sen­tial­ly lead­ing to you know­ing some­one who could have CNC, because you’ve uncon­sious­ly become part of the (small-world) CNC net­work.

‘small-world net­work’ for Car­ney Complex

If I’ve changed your per­spec­tive please feel free to com­ment and share my blog post on social media.
The sound of one voice only car­ries a cer­tain dis­tance, many voic­es can car­ry way fur­ther.
Help me break the iso­la­tion and reach those that need to know that they aren’t alone!
Join my voice and let’s make some noise!
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Much love

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