It's been a little while since I have shared a PCOS story other than my own. But, I think that it's really important for us to read about and hear about other women's journeys with PCOS.
It helps to motivate us, encourage us and ultimately helps us to feel more connected. A little less alone with our PCOS.
So, today, I want to share Kaylee's story with you. Kaylee recently completed my PCOS Master Plan course and this is her story.
Tell us a little bit of your PCOS story. When and how were you first diagnosed?
I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 19 years old. I originally went in to the endocrinologist to figure out if I had hypothyroidism. After expressing my symptoms and getting bloodwork done, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and PCOS. I had never even heard of PCOS before that day and I was a little scared and felt all alone since nobody I knew had it. It really did answer the “why” to all my symptoms and after much research, I began to understand what was going on in my body. Ever since I started my cycle in middle school they were very abnormal, long, and painful. Sometimes I would have to miss school or events because of how ill I was. My PCOS really did a number on me when I started college. I gained a lot of weight, I was depressed, and struggled with my symptoms.
Were you prescribed any medication to manage your PCOS and improve your symptoms?
I was prescribed Metformin to manage my PCOS. First I was taking just a small amount daily and within a year I was taking the highest dosage possible daily to help manage and improve my symptoms. Truthfully, it helped but only temporarily before I was back to not feeling so great. Now I am back on a low dosage and since I know it isn’t just about medication to help my PCOS, I feel much better.
You signed up for The PCOS Master Plan. Why did you sign up? What change did you want to see in your PCOS?
I signed up for the PCOS Master Plan because I had finally began to realize that my PCOS is not going anywhere and I needed to learn how to manage it better and feel less lost about it.
I wanted to see myself happier and healthier. I also needed a support group and women who have PCOS to talk with.I wanted to see myself happier and healthier. I also needed a support group and women who have PCOS to talk with. My grandmother had endometriosis (I originally was thought to have this when I entered High School) and she was the only one who I really could somewhat connect with on the topic.
Did you have a light bulb moment while doing The PCOS Master Plan? If yes, what was it?
My big light bulb moment while doing the PCOS Master Plan was honestly in the beginning. I was so excited and ready to better myself, but I did have some doubts and thought that I would never be able to do this. After joining and talking to woman on the Facebook page, I knew I could do this and we all could do it!
Having completed the PCOS Master Plan, how has the way that you manage your PCOS changed?
I have been able to cut back on my metformin medication and manage my diet much better. I never knew before the program that diary and gluten was so bad for women with PCOS. It is a little challenging sometimes working full time and going to college to find things that are GF or diary free, but now I am aware, it is not that difficult to cut it out. I also feel like I have a control over my body now and my PCOS does not have to rule it.
How have your symptoms improved?
I have been able to keep weight off a bit easier and I have been able to sleep better! I find myself happier and less depressed. Of course, I have my ups and downs, but PCOS does not go away. I still struggle with pain and heavy periods, rupturing cysts occasionally, and back pain, but to a less extent and less frequently.
What is the one thing that you do for your PCOS that you think has made the biggest difference to your symptoms?
Eating healthier. Snacking on the right types of snacks like nuts, berries, vegetables, helps me feel more energized and not under a sleepy spell. Whenever I do eat a little bit of gluten or dairy, it definitely makes me feel bloated, tired, and just gross. What we put in our bodies really does make a huge difference!
What advice do you have for someone who has been newly diagnosed?
My advice is to breathe. You are not alone. I felt very alone and lost at first and it is okay. Reach out to other women with PCOS because we are there for each other. I cannot express how helpful this can be when you feel like nobody understands or can relate. Also, don’t give up! Make the changes necessary to help you manage PCOS and not let it run your life even if you just take baby steps towards a healthier you.
Kaylee, thank you so much for sharing your story, for being brave with your story so that others can be brave with theirs!
You can find out more about The PCOS Master Plan course here.