I was NOT Always a PCOS Boss
Hi, thanks for stopping by PCOS BOSS! My name is Stephanie and I am a PCOS Boss, that wasn’t always the case though. For me, my struggles began at puberty and I received an official diagnosis at the age of 36. My symptoms included weight gain, hirsutism, acne, dandruff, thinning hair, amenorrhea, sluggishness, ‘brain fog’, pelvic pain, skin discoloration, excessive exhaustion and severe depression, all of these symptoms are typical of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. In my early 20’s I had conveyed my symptoms to my OBGYN and was told that it was just “hormones”. He prescribed me birth control pills and sent me on my way
I continued on with life battling my symptom’s. Once I reached my 30’s I was tired of always being tired and began to start the process of eradicating negative behaviors from my life. I stopped smoking cigarettes, eating fast food became a thing of the past and replaced with a healthier diet plan, I regulated my sleeping habits and I started to exercise regularly. I went from a large 183 pounds to an energetic 135 pounds. After everything I had done to improve my health I still experienced issues with managing my weight, constant fatigue, migraines, horrible depression, mood swings, anxiety, cold intolerance, hirsutism and pelvic pain. I finally decided I would consult with an Endocrinologist who ran a series of test to check my thyroid function, testosterone production, TSH, T4, DHEA, and a CT Scan of my abdomen. I thought that I might have a thyroid problem as it was very prevalent in my family history. The doctor came back with a diagnosis of PCOS and Hypothyroidism. He prescribed a series of medications and encouraged me to continue my healthy living of diet and exercise.
PCOS & Hypothyroidism, Now What?
I had never heard of PCOS before and began my journey of fact finding digging up medical journals, diagnostic data, blogs and more. Each day is a challenge for me but my mantra is “PCOS Won’t Stop Me”! I have my good days and then I have my not so good days. Ultimately, I make a conscious decision to exercise daily, eat a healthy diet of nourishing foods, and direct my thoughts on the positive. I also follow my Endocrinologists orders consistently, take my medications with-out fail, and have my blood test evaluated every three months to ensure my levels stay on track. My diagnosis has inspired me to share my personal experiences with the ultimate goal of being able to provide resources that will help others with PCOS so that they can live the best life possible. If you are reading this I want you to know that finding your inner PCOS Boss is possible. You can take back your health, happiness and well-being and effectively manage your PCOS symptoms through positive and healthy life style changes. Are you ready to be a PCOS Boss?