PCOS Awareness Month

It's the last day of September. The last day of PCOS Awareness Month. I wanted to do an overview and put out a few last memes for the month to honor this crazy journey I've been on for the last few years.

Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome is a combination of common signs and symptoms that make up this mysterious almost invisible disease. Everything from acne, to irregular cycles, to mood swings, sleep apnea, skin tags, infertility, insulin resistance, pelvic pain, cysts on the ovaries, depression, anxiety, and other symptoms. And it's not usually ALL of these symptoms, sometimes it's a combination of ALL of them or sometimes it's just a few of them. It looks different for just about every woman who suffers from PCOS.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to talk to your doctor about how best to control your symptoms. If you haven't been diagnosed yet, be an advocate for your own health. Keep seeking out and talking to doctors. Find a specialist if you can. Depending on where you are at in your life, there will different ways to treat your PCOS. If you are not actively trying to have children, birth control can help regulate your cycle and lessen some of the symptoms of PCOS. As well as diet and exercise. If you are actively trying to conceive talk to your doctor about how to best control the symptoms until you do become pregnant or until you seek out other options such as IUI or IVF.

This is the time to be a warrior and stand up for your health. For your life. You can overcome this very draining disease. It will take time. It will take effort. It might even feel like you want to give up, but just know there are others out there fighting, just like you. Just like me.

We are not alone. This journey is a tough one. Not one I would have picked for myself, but I'm grateful for everything that it's taught me. Everything that I've come through to be the woman I am today.

I am better for it.

I leave you with a few funny and inspiring pictures to say goodbye to PCOS Awareness Month 2015.

Find your team. From your doctor, to your pastor, to your bible study group members, to your friends, your spouse. Whatever you have to do to take care of yourself. Do that.
The better you feel the more you'll have to offer the world.