Diane Maestri figured it out first.
Her husband, Don, is a 5-foot-9, 190-pound handyman from Camarillo, Calif., who looks likes what he is -- a retired middle-school gym teacher with big hands and fingers too beefy for rings, too thick to even think about the piano.
About 25 years ago, Diane Maestri realized her husband's body was changing. Always big, his fingers were so fleshy, he couldn't see creases of light when he pressed them together. His feet grew, too. The bones in his jaw seemed more protruding.
She scanned a medical dictionary and stopped at "acromegaly." It's a rare condition in which a benign tumor on the pituitary gland, at the base of the brain, secretes growth hormone. It's the same condition suffered by the late Andre Roussimoff, the wrestler better known as Andre the Giant, and towering basketball players ranging from former NBA player Gheorghe Muresan to 7-foot-9 Sun Ming Ming.