6 Things PCOS has made me Thankful for

This week is Thanksgiving and it’s a wonderful time to reflect on where we are and the things that we are thankful for.

On this blog, you’ll find a lot of article on how we can deal with our PCOS, a PCOS diet and some of the frustrating symptoms.

So, this one is a little different.

In this article, I’m going to share the ways that PCOS has affected me and changed me for the good. The reasons that I am thankful for PCOS.

I appreciate the miracle of having children

Don’t get me wrong. I know every mother is probably grateful for their children. But, having fought hard to have my two children, I am amazed at the miracle, not only of conceiving children but then having a healthy pregnancy and then birth. The whole process, from beginning to end, is completely miraculous.


PCOS has taught me how to cook

6 things pcos has made me thankful for cookingWhen I first got married, I had NO clue how to navigate a kitchen or how to cook. My poor husband was living off ready meals and boxed food. Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m a domestic goddess, but man have I gotten better!

Working out what to eat for my PCOS has been such an adventure! I love pottering in the kitchen, coming up with new recipes or experimenting with food.

Without PCOS, I’d be destined to live off processed foods for the rest of my life.

I understand my body

Well, I went through medical school and had a basic understanding of hormones, periods and all that goes with it. But, I didn’t apply any of that to my own body.

Thanks to PCOS and monitoring my body’s signs, I have a much better understanding of how my body works.

I can tell when I’ve eaten something I shouldn’t have when my body reacts.

I would never have been as mindful of all of this without PCOS.

I feel connected

6 things pcos has made me thankful for familyI know that a lot of women can feel isolated with their PCOS. But, PCOS has also given me a platform to connect with thousands of women from around the world and that has been pretty incredible!

It’s made me more empathetic

Thanks to PCOS, I know what it’s like to live with a chronic medical condition. I know what it’s like to deal with it day in and day out.

Now, when I meet someone else who is living with an illness (even if it’s not PCOS), I am far more understanding. It gives us a common ground, a way to connect and relate.

It’s made me more consistent

Before I was diagnosed with PCOS, I really struggled to stick with things and see them through. But, thanks to PCOS, I have had to be consistent with the way that I eat and exercise. I have overhauled my lifestyle and managed to stick with it.

I would not have learned or experienced a lot of things had I not been diagnosed with PCOS.
6-things-pcos-has-made me-thankful-for-thanksgivingIt’s definitely not something I would choose for my children, or myself but I am grateful for the way that it has changed and shaped me, the way that it has strengthened me and taught me how to fight.

I am grateful for you. That you have taken the time to read this and that PCOS has given me this platform.

So, as you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you will see some of the positive things PCOS has taught you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tarryn Poulton

Tarryn Poulton

Tarryn Poulton is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and PCOS expert who has been a leader in the online PCOS space for over 8 years. Tarryn has the support of leading clinicians from around the world who support her scientific approach to understanding and talking about PCOS this includes all medical journals and ongoing research. You can read more about Tarryn and the team here.

11 Responses

11 Responses

  1. I really enjoy reading your articles and I learn a lot from you. You inspire me to know how to manage my PCOS symptoms and stay motivated. Thank you so much!

  2. Thank you so much Tarryn for sharing everything that you know may help women with pcos..you’re not selfish at all. your website has changed my lifestyle, I will be grateful to you and people who always share their successful experiences in managing pcos symptoms.

  3. After getting over the initial grieving period after my diagnosis I made the choice to find all the positives in my life, to focus my attention on everything good that I have. I count my blessings often, sadly they don’t include my own children, after 6 miscarriages I couldn’t keep putting myself through the heartache, but I’m surrounded by nieces, nephews and godchildren. I walk marathons for charity and I have 2 successful businesses. Every morning I wake up happy and greatful for my life. Your website has been a great source of support to get to where I am now, thank you xxx

    1. I am glad I’m not alone with pcos I like low carb recipes and smoothies.I’m still blessed even with frustrating symptoms. I like Christmas giving cards,lights

  4. Thank you for email me start kit I really hope it work as iam so fed up try diets and not Loss weigh or loss some weigh but put it back on as I find I can,t give up chocolate.

  5. What a perspective ! Loved it.. It is all so right but we never look at it that way.. I’m also suffering from the same and am soon starting medication for enabling ovulation plus monitoring.. Hope for the best !

  6. Tarryn,

    My daughter was just recently diagnosed with PCOS. Thank you for this website and for your positivity in educating and helping those diagnosed and their families learn to live life with PCOS.

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