The Hageman Foundation provides education and support to patients, their families and medical personnel regarding Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia 1 (MEN1), MEN 2a and MEN 2b.
The founder Linda Hageman, RN, has been a Registered Nurse for more than 30 years and she was diagnosed with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN1) in 1989. Linda’s passion is to help others with MEN through education and support. The Hageman Foundation offers seminars, guest speakers, and literature to patients, families, and medical professionals. The Hageman Foundation is a nonprofit corporation and classified as a 501(c)3 charitable organization by the IRS.
Both her mother and maternal uncle were diagnosed with MEN ten years earlier. Linda has had adenoma involvement with all three of the endocrine glands. The 3 P’s associated with MEN 1 are the Parathyroids, Pituitary Gland and the Pancreas. Linda has had multiple parathyroid surgeries, a Thompson Procedure (removal of the tail of the Pancreas and the Spleen. Two years later she had to have a Pancreatoduodenectomy, which is the excision of the rest of her Pancreas, with the duodenum (part of the intestine and stomach removed), and the excision of her gall bladder. As a result Linda now has Pancreatogenic Diabetes (Brittle Diabetes) and is not able to digest food without digestive enzymes.