Today I have a very special post. I was so thrilled that a bunch of my fellow bloggers wanted to help me spread the word and share information about a syndrome I have. Like I've mentioned before, I have PCOS- Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome.
I wanted to share my personal experience with you so you know kind of what I have dealt with personally. I have been diagnosed for 2 years.
- significant weight gain
- facial hair increase
- blood sugar problems
- insulin intolerance
- significant hair loss
- depression and anxiety
- excessive blood loss
- irregular or extreme menstrual cycles
Every woman is different and unique to their symptoms. Many are misdiagnosed because these symptoms can be an array of many other health issues. The infertility is actually really a secondary issue. The hardest part is the in-balance in the hormones and how extreme situations can feel when you are so sensitive to anything. The fact that weight loss is so difficult and the fact that there is no cure. The only thing that can be done is deal with the symptoms. Many women with with PCOS feel like they are less than other "normal" women because of the fact that she can't conceive children easily and that she has so much more health wise to deal with on a month to month basis. Women with this syndrome are more likely to have heart attacks in their 20s and 30s, most likely to have sleep apnea at a very young age, and higher chance for various cancers.
I decided that I want to help other women, I want to motivate. I don't want anyone to feel like I felt 5 years ago when I had no one to turn to and no one to give me answers. My goal is to educate and help others figure out what they have and deal with their own specific problems. The hardest part of this is that some doctors are really not that well educated when it comes to PCOS, they dismiss us as just over weight women that are "lazy" well that is not the case and our voices need to be heard. We know our bodies and we know when something is wrong.
So I decided to ask my fellow bloggers to help share the best way we know how. A mani with the colors for the month of PCOS, September is PCOS Awareness Month and the colors are teal and white. So this is my mani...........
I used the Essence Bella and Edward combo and white stripping tape.
I wanted to feature my PCOS Awareness Wristband, which I love very much. I made a post about on my personal PCOS blog HERE.
If you think you have PCOS or know of someone that may have PCOS make sure to get them help, here are some places that have some amazing information:
Check this out for a more in depth breakdown of what PCOS is....
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) - Symptoms
- Support System to help women with PCOS
PCOSFoundation - PCOS Foundation
pcosfight - PCOS Awareness
pcosdiva - PCOS Diva
If you follow my crazy PCOS Journey make sure to check out my other blog: HERE. I want to thank all the awesome women who have helped me spread the word and created such wonderful manis! YOU GIRLS ROCK! You can check out their manis by clicking on their links below.
Your support gives me strength to survive this horrible syndrome!!!! Let me stop before I start crying over here!
P.S. I also have made some earrings to help support PCOS Challenge I will be donating $1 from every pair sold. You can check them out HERE.