Guest Blogger Caitlin: Living With PCOS

 

First, let me introduce this rad lady to you. She goes by the name of Little Greek Lady in the blogging world , but I know her as Caitlin. Sweet, hilarious , loving Caitlin. I am pretty sure I have known her since our Junior High days ( you know those days? where learning to shave and crushing on the guy who was in love with your best friend were the most traumatic things in your little world?Thank HEAVENS those days are over.) Anyways, she recently started a blog sharing her experience living with PCOS. It is real, raw, FUNNY, and touching all at the same time. She is one tough chick and I am so thankful I know her. She really embodies taking shame out of pain. Well , enjoy. 

May 27, 2016 My life with PCOS

Hello, my name is Caitlin Young and I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS. I was “diagnosed” with PCOS three years ago a couple months before I got married.

My fiancé was going through his Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and was listening to my day to day complaints about my body and was astute enough to realize something wasn’t quite working right. He suggested going to my doctor and getting a blood test for my thyroid. While I was there, my doctor listened to all my complaints and asked if PCOS ran in my family. I had no clue! So he decided to do that as well.

And the rest is history…

I was so sad when I heard the news. I was told over the phone by a nurse or someone who was just doing their job. They had no compassion or realization that the news that they were delivering to me was devastating. I had a follow-up appointment where I was given a prescription and a pat on the back.

Luckily, I went and talked to just about everybody. Several different kinds of doctors and specialists and got a game plan.

For those of you who don’t quite know what PCOS is. In layman’s terms: It is one of the leading causes of infertility in women. It’s estimated that 1 in 8 women in America have it. Instead of ovaries producing one beautiful egg each month, it creates a whole bunch of tiny cysts that never form into an egg. So periods can be very erratic. With that, hormone levels are out of whack. You can have a very high level of testosterone in your body that makes you grow an abnormal amount of facial hair. And the WEIGHT GAIN! It’s a real struggle. Because your body acts diabetic, it is super easy to gain weight. My favorite was of explaining it is that “I have to work twice as hard to lose half the weight.” It’s pretty mean. And because of the testosterone, when you gain weight, you gain it in your stomach (primarily) so it looks a little like you have a pregnant body. THE IRONY!! Here is also a link to webmd…. Which probably more accurately defines what this is:

http://www.webmd.com/women/tc/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos-topic-overview

Understandably, it is easy to get depressed and down. I mean… look at that big mean paragraph of what my body is up to. And I have had my moments. Having people stare at my face, arms, body and noticing hair… it doesn’t help that I am Greek. So add a big dollop of those beautiful hairy genes, and I feel like Gimli from Lord of the Rings.

Having STRANGERS ask me if I’m pregnant…. Nope! I’m not.

Weeks of working out at the gym and eating relatively healthy to not see the scale budge even a little bit. I mean, if anything I would gain weight over that time.

But, I’ve also had the best time ever. I’m constantly creating goals to better myself. I created a network of support with my husband, family, friends and my cocker spaniel. I work, I babysit and I am busy supporting my husband while he finishes PA school. Life is good.

I am writing this blog not as a “poor me! I struggle!” diary. But more as a way to create awareness, share ideas that work, tell stories and offer support. Posts about what works and what doesn’t. Where to find help. And to just share with you that you aren’t alone. You have a friend in me.

I’m looking forward to this new blog world and helping whoever I can!

Read more and Contact Caitlin at her wonderful blog here.