PCOS… a letter to the newly diagoned

Dear PCOSister,

Welcome to the unique sisterhood and world of PCOS.

You’ve just left the doctor’s office, and received the news that you have PCOS, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome.  Something that millions of women live with, and there are a million different versions of it, not just one molding of it.

As you move forward with this news, I wanted to share a few words of advice that really helped me and a few that I wish I had taken and acted upon.

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Surround yourself with support.

I know right now you may think your body is fine and you might be a little in denial of this situation, but surround yourself with support.

Go to the doctor if that works for you.  I know it can be hard to go to the doctor while you are sitting in a sea of pregnant women and there you are not pregnant, trying to find out why your body won’t get pregnant.  I know, it really stinks.  But go to the doctor.

If you aren’t the doctor going type, find yourself a community of support, because you are going to need it.  Some things can’t be explained outside the world of PCOS, and only those who share this can really relate.

Find yourself a listening ear in your mom, sister, friend co-worker who will be there to fully support, listen and just be a positive presence in your life.  There is no reason to go through this alone.

Live a healthy lifestyle.

I wish I hadn’t allowed PCOS to be an excuse to not lose weight, and now I’m paying for it and having a hard time getting the weight off.  Although it may be a factor to having PCOS, you have more power than you think.  Bad health lifestyles will not only effect your weight but your body’s ability to function properly.  Take care of yourself and your body, because it’s the only one you get.

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Be patient.

You are going to tried mentally, emotionally and physically with some of the health trials that come with PCOS.  Be patient.  Learn from these trials and find ways to help those around you.

Don’t compare yourself to others.

You are going to find that family and friends especially close to you will be able to start their family sooner than you, some may even have PCOS and will be able to have kids.  Don’t compare yourself.  Don’t even think about it.  It won’t do any good.

God’s timing for everyone is different, and you are going to grow and learn to appreciate so much while waiting to start your family.  Learn as much as you can and don’t compare.  No one’s life is without trials.

Be quick to forgive.

Not everyone is going to fully understand what you are going through. They may assume different things, judge from what they think they may know, a few may think they have the answers that you’ve heard a million times, BUT no matter what, forgive quickly and endlessly.

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Live abundantly.

Don’t allow the symptoms of PCOS to engulf your identity.  Live abundantly.  You have PCOS, but PCOS does not own you.  Life will go on past PCOS, and you can learn to live a full wonderful life with it.

If you need anything.  I am here.  I’m no expert, but I feel like I’ve been able to get a pretty good handle on living with PCOS.

There are aspects I am great with and others that I still learning to live with.

I’m not perfect.  I would like to say I live the perfectly healthy balanced lifestyle, but I’m still human and I have “cheat” days… weeks… months… and then somehow I find the motivation to start over again and keep going.

You can too.

love, your fellow PCOSister

hannah jane

 

 

 

 

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