This year marks 12 years of living with a PCOS diagnosis, which means my 12th year of PCOS Awareness Month. It’s weird to think that I’ve been a part of the infertility community for so long. While my journey with PCOS started in 2008 (surprisingly, in PCOS Awareness Month), I’m so grateful that I’ve gotten to spend the last 10 years of it as a mom to one little girl. It’s a blessing that many are still waiting on and I do not take that for granted.
I pray often that my daughter won’t have PCOS and will grow up to be super fertile so I can be one of those grandmothers with a living room full of grandkids. You know, the kind of grandmother who retires to help take care of her grandkids. I want that to be me! I hope that Zoey can have as many children as her heart desires and that she doesn’t have to work hard to welcome them to her womb. I hope that she gets to use every baby name she wants and doesn’t experience the pains and hormone imbalances that come with PCOS. As she’s getting closer and closer to becoming a woman, I worry about her endocrine system and if it’ll be safe from PCOS. I’m doing my part as her mother to protect her from endocrine disrupters when it comes to the products we use in our home, but is it enough?
So, what is PCOS? PCOS Challenge gave me permission to share this helpful infographic from their website:
PCOS is still such a misunderstood medical condition. It impacts each body differently. Not every woman experiences every symptom. It looks so different for each of us, and yet it brings us together like nothing else. Statistically, 1 in 10 women have PCOS but it sure feels like a lot more. Is anyone else with me on that? It’s either more have it, or more are talking about it, which is a good thing if so! PCOS is nothing to be ashamed of and it’s important that women feel empowered to navigate it and don’t feel alone.
PCOS isn’t just about cysts on the ovaries and infertility. It affects the entire body. I honestly think it’s a condition that has been misnamed by the medical community. I happen to be one of those women who does get a lot of cysts on the ovaries, and they can be quite painful, but a lot of women who have been diagnosed with PCOS don’t have cysts at all. Also, I have periods now, whereas when I was first diagnosed, I couldn’t get one without medical intervention.
I don’t want my daughter to deal with all of this and I pray fervently that she will be spared. Lord, put it all on me if it means she can be fertile and healthy and feel whole as a woman. Looking at that graphic… I can handle it. It’s my life and I’ve learned how to navigate it. But it scares me for her.
This year for PCOS Awareness Month, I want to encourage you to share your story. Whether on Facebook, Instagram, or in person to your closest friends, share your story. What does PCOS look like for you? How has it affected your life? Do you feel alone in your journey or like you have enough support? What does PCOS Awareness Month mean to you? This is your month! You are not alone. How can I support you as you navigate PCOS?
Read past PCOS Awareness Month posts in my PCOS Awareness Month archives.
Also, if you’re new to PCOS, these are old posts of mine that still stand true today:
Finally, I am going to do a giveaway later this month so be sure to follow me on Instagram to enter: Life Abundant on Instagram.