I usually don't blog about things like fitness and health because it isn't something that I have much to say about. Today though, instead of showing you some fancy designs, I'd like to get a little more personal. Disclaimer: I'm not writing this post for sympathy, or for attention but I feel that in order to be authentic with you it would help to have a little more knowledge into my current life struggle. My hope is that some of you that may struggle with certain health issues can also feel like you're not alone. Last week I was diagnosed with PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Unfortunately there is no cure. I've struggled with my health for as long as I can remember. In this blogging world everything is fast paced. I've had conversations with some of you about keeping blog schedules, trying to stay on top of things, and not getting bogged down when running a blog. I've tried to balance things by always trying to put my health first before blogging. It looks like I may need to take that a little more seriously.
[photo by bedsidesign]
PCOS targets blood sugar levels, causes weight-gain, fatigue, acne, and an irregular cycle - ugh YUCK. These are all things I have encountered and it's not something any woman wants to have. It's hard taking photo shoots, and going to events when you're less than thrilled with your body and it's actually working against you. Sometimes PCOS can lead to infertility, diabetes, and cancer. On Friday I finally had an appointment with a specialist to confirm whether or not this is something that I do have. You see, over the years [14 to be exact] I've seen several doctors and they all have told me that I do not have this. I was excited, nervous, hopeful, but also pretty sure they were gonna turn me down and tell me nothing was wrong.
When the opposite happened I was shocked. My doctor even said I was a text book case. She was pretty shocked I've made it this far without being diagnosed. Thankfully it looks like after some adjustments we'll be able to have some baby Joneses one day. We aren't rushing into that just yet, but it is a relief to hear that it's till a possibility for us. A total lifestyle [diet + exercise] change + heavy medication is the way I have to treat this. This past week my body has not been a happy camper on the meds - hence some radio silence. I was able to lose five pounds - which may be due to me getting sick, or the meds are helping...not sure. It turns out that even though I've tried so hard to lose weight it is roughly two times harder for someone with PCOS. Not that I can use that as a get outta jail free card but it does help my self esteem somewhat knowing that some things were out of my control.
The plus side: I finally know how to move forward with my health.
What can you do for me? Well! I need to start eating as if I had diabetes [I don't] so please send me your favorite tasty high protein, low carb, low-to-no dairy recipes...ready, set, go!
I plan to keep you updated periodically with my weight loss, lifestyle changes, and overall wellbeing. If you struggle with PCOS I'd love to chat about it. And on that note - happy weekend! xo