While not life-threatening, the prolactinoma flattened his pituitary gland “like a pancake,” resulting in fatigue, mood changes and ceaseless forgetfulness.
“Hormones control your mood and emotions, and my imbalance meant I was a mess. It was hard to interact–hard to work,” Jaskulke said.
“Our association does more than ten thousand referrals a year. If I do my job well, more people will benefit from more innovations more quickly,” he said. “I knew my work helped patients, but always felt two or three steps removed until I became the actual patient.”
“They roll you into the operating theater–it was a room filled with products developed in Minnesota. Medtronic, Ecolab, 3M–and I was being treated at the Mayo Clinic. I remember thinking all the work I do, this is ultimately what the people I work with do.”