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A New Start: Preparing

 

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For the last seven years my focus has been on breathing, specifically my tracheal stenosis. My other health issues have taken a backside to this predominate health issue that I have. That needs to change. Breathing is important, don’t get me wrong. My high blood pressure, diabetes, and polycystic ovary syndrome needs to now needs to be part of the equation to my overall health. This post I am going to talk to you about polycystic ovary syndrome. I am going to warn you, I’m going to talk about some gross things as I tell my story.

I have this. I was first diagnosed when I was 14 years old. I took birth control pills until they stopped working for me when I was 20 years old. I have crazy periods. I would bleed for months and months, no normal flow, but clotty flows. Then I wouldn’t bleed for months and months. It’s messy and complicated. I hate it. When you bleed like that it is hard to do anything without being close to the bathroom.

The symptoms of PCOS:

Absent and irregular periods

Acne

Thinning hair

Excess hair growth in the face, legs, breasts (nipples).

Here are some facts about PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). 1 in 10 women have PCOS. That makes 5 million woman in the United States who has this issue. I’m not alone, neither are you. What happens is our bodies make more androgens than other women. Androgens are male hormones: testosterone, androstenedione, dihydrotesterone (DHT), and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). What a mouth full of words, right? So in plain language, we make too much of the male hormones in our bodies. It’s a hormonal imbalance. With being imbalance we have over a 50 percent chance of getting diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, miscarriages, and not being able to get pregnant at all.

There is only one real solution, life modifications that include a comprehensive wellness plan of eating well and moving our bodies. Ugh! There are other things you can do, like birth control. I tried it. It didn’t work for me. In fact, it caused other health issues for me. Then there is surgery. Since I have no desire at this time in my life to get pregnant surgery and using the hormone treatments are not for me. If you want to get pregnant then there are hormone treatments such as taking the medication Clomiphene that will help you.

Wellness is my ultimate goal with all of my health issues. I have been backsliding on my health. It is time to change. Recently I read about being a responsive thinker and not a reactive thinker. Responsive, making plans, following through, and not just eat because I am feeling emotional or bored.

Eating well for me means eating actual meals, limit soda intake, not gorging on foods because I am bored.

I don’t only want to balance my hormones, I also want to prepare my body for surgery. My goal to lose 50 pounds in the next three months so that I can be better prepared for surgery.

Here is what I want you to know if you have PCOS (I’m telling myself this too):

  • It’s not too late to start. Yes, I have not been following through on the knowledge that I know about eating well and moving my body.
  • Even though, right now I can’t move my body the way that I want to. I still have a tracheal stenosis to work with, I can still do small things. I have three months before my breathing gets bad.
  • Life modifications doesn’t just include eating well and moving my body. It also means pursuing emotional health, spiritual health, and mental health.

Links that I have found:

Healthy Women 

Womenshealth.gov

Nutritionist Resource 

PCOS Foundation 

PCOS Nutrition Center 

Glamour 

 

 

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