I help women with PCOS manage their symptoms by changing the way that they eat to address the core of the problem - PCOS - so that they can live their lives to their fullest, without PCOS getting in the way.
But, I haven’t always been... I was far from it. I was going about my daily life as a Paediatric Occuptational Therapist when I was diagnosed with PCOS.And I’m sure my story is not so different from yours. I struggled with all of the classic symptoms for a long time. Hair where I didn’t want it, depression, that irregular menstrual cycle. It was only when we decided to start a family that I had to face what I had known for so long. There was something wrong. I had PCOS.
I struggled with all of the classic symptoms for a long time. Hair where I didn’t want it, depression, that irregular menstrual cycle.When I was diagnosed, I felt devastated, lost and alone. I had never heard of PCOS before and didn’t know anyone else who had it. It felt like my whole world had been shaken to the core and I didn’t know what the future would hold. I had so many questions.Unfortunately my doctor was less than helpful and offered me very little in the way of support. Most of my questions went unanswered and I left her office feeling completely brushed aside – like my life changing diagnosis didn’t mean anything. Like having PCOS is just something that I would have to deal with and there wasn’t much that could be done to help.
Birth control or fertility treatment. Those were my options. Birth control didn’t make sense if we were trying to start a family. A referral to a fertility clinic would take months and months to come through.Well, it wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t going to settle for that.
So, I spent what feels like a lifetime doing my own research. Reading medical journal after medical journal, piecing together a plan. I used everything that I had learned at medical school to analyse articles and I was determined that I would not let PCOS tell my story. After my many hours of reading and research, I began making changes to the way that I eat. I cut out sugar, cut down on gluten and dairy and really focused on eating foods with a low Glycemic Load.
5 months later I was pregnant. No need for that fertility clinic appointment.And finally conceiving was just one of the benefits that I started to see. My skin was much clearer, my hair growth had slowed down. My weight was stable. Now, I have two beautiful children and I have never been on any medication for my PCOS. I manage it purely with amazing food, supplements and exercise.
And the things it, this could be your story too.
And that is really why I started PCOS Diet Support. I wanted to share what I was learning about PCOS. I didn’t want other women to be as lost and alone as I felt when I was first diagnosed. I wanted there to be one place where women could go to get the help that they needed for their PCOS. Where they could connect with others and realise that there are so many millions of women who understand the struggle we face every day with PCOS.Where they would get proven, researched information on PCOS and how to manage it – no Mumbo Jumbo. Just facts.
So, in between being a Mom and homeschooling our daughter, I spend my days researching, writing about and teaching about PCOS. I know what it is like to live with PCOS. But, I also know what it is like to feel in control of my body, with my PCOS under control and my symptoms well-managed.
You are NOT alone in this journeyAnd you can too.You are NOT alone in this journey. There is a whole community of women who know that struggle that you face today. Who are facing it along side you. And more than anything, I want you to know that there is hope with PCOS. And that although PCOS may be a part of your story, it does not need to dictate the plot and story line.You can live the life that you want, without PCOS getting in your way.
Since starting PCOS Diet Support 7 years ago, it has developed into one of the leading PCOS information sites and is often recommended by Doctors. I have partnered with PCOS experts around the world and am proud to be a part of this amazing community