"The mission of the PCOS Foundation is 'to spread awareness through public and professional education programs in order to improve the diagnosis and decrease or eliminate the lifetime risk associated with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)."
This cause is personal for me as I have suffered with PCOS since I was 13 years-old. I remember being 13 and spending a week in the hospital. I was in so much pain and the doctors could not figure out what was wrong with me. I wasn't diagnosed then but instead went many years having cyst rupture after cyst rupture after cyst rupture along with a ton of other health issues. I was diagnosed with PCOS 18 years ago after a major cyst rupture and surgery. I didn't really understand it then, all I knew is that I was in pain and tired of the hospital. It wasn't until after I got married and my husband and I started talking about having kids, that I really started to research it. I knew from personal experience that women with PCOS had a higher rate of infertility and/or miscarriage, so that brought me to a point of wanting to understand it better. Now that I was married, I wanted to be healthy and for once, smart about this.
I have come a very long way on my journey. It's been frustrating, painful (emotionally and physically), enlightening, moving and brave. I have met and spoken with some of the most amazingly brave women you will ever meet who brave this PCOS journey alongside me. We cheer one another on, encourage one another and work with one another on bringing awareness to this very serious illness! Two weeks ago my husband and I finally got the answer to why I continue to miscarry. After years of so many questions, it all came down to one hormone that my body doesn't elevate enough during pregnancy. Once the pregnancy hits a certain point, the baby doesn't make it. Now with an amazing PCOS specialist helping me to naturally get my levels where they should be, hopefully one day soon, I can carry a baby to full term.
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I also added my Give Grace tattoo because showing myself grace is a huge part of my journey. You can read more about that here.
No matter what you struggle with and no matter what your journey is.
I pray you find your BRAVE in it!