DJ Steve Aoki Surprises Young Patient Recovering from Cushing’s Disease

According to a story from, Juliana Goode was first diagnosed with Cushing’s disease in September 2018. It was an unusual case as Juliana is a teenager and the illness typically affects older adults. A year later, it was clear that her symptoms were only getting worse; she would need to undergo surgery in order to remove the tumor on her pituitary gland, which is a common cause of the disease.

About Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s disease is a rare disease that appears as the result of prolonged cortisol exposure. It is a frequent trigger of Cushing’s syndrome. Cushing’s disease is caused by abnormalities that cause the body to release more cortisol than usual, such as a tumor affecting the pituitary or adrenal glands. Cushing’s disease is also associated with diabetes, which is a common comorbidity. The illness can cause a variety of symptoms that appear with Cushing’s syndrome and can become more serious over time, including cerebral atrophy, hypercholesterolemia, rapid weight gain, baldness, mood instability, depression, hirsutism, sexual dysfunction, muscle and bone weakness, menstrual abnormalities, osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension, sleep problems, immune system suppression, and memory problems. Treatment may include surgery to remove tumors, certain medications, and pituitary radiation therapy. To learn more about Cushing’s disease, click here.

Spinning Records with Steve Aoki

Juliana underwent the procedure last January in Maryland, but some issues arose and her life hung in the balance. She swallowed some blood, which caused pneumonia. As a result, she was placed into a medically induced coma for two weeks. Kennie, her mother, said that the family played music for her everyday as she was in the comatose state.

While her recovery ultimately took months, Juliana is feeling much better and is now back home and has begun to develop a new interest in music:

”My goal is to become a famous DJ. To make people happy, make people come together.” – Juliana

World famous DJ Steve Aoki heard about her story through the Kids Wish Network. Steve gifted Juliana the same DJ set that he has used for his worldwide performances, giving her the perfect way to practice towards her goal.

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