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My sickness revealed.

For a few weeks now, I have been posting on my personal profile and my model page about being very ill. I figured it was about time I explained why I haven't been well. A few years ago I was diagnosed with a hormonal disorder called Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS for short. Signs of PCOS include:

+ irregular periods

+ can’t lose weight
+ overweight 
+ depression
+ some facial hair (darker hair on the lip, chin, etc)
+ thinning hair (like male pattern baldness—in any degree)
+ shave your legs and armpits daily because it’s really dark and grows fast
+ infertility
+ depression
+ cysts on the ovaries
+ elevated insulin levels
+ insulin resistance
+ oily skin
+ dandruff
+ skin discolourations (darker skin in upper inner thigh, armpits)
+ high cholesterol
+ high blood pressure
For me, the greatest effects were the weight gain (which I have grown to accept and love) as well as a highly irregular period, which at one point was under control through the use of birth control. After a while my cycle regularised so I came off the pill for quite some time, but in light of what happened over the past three and a half weeks it seems that I will have to go back on the pill. I experienced a very heavy period for a total of 26 days, which resulted in severe blood loss and extremely painful cramps (hence why I've been extremely fatigued and light headed these past few weeks). Overdosing on iron pills and vitamins and everything in between wasn't really helping, but what I did realise is that I need to take better care of myself-physically, spiritually, emotionally and every other possible -ally out there. You can have all the material goods in the world, but if you don't have your health you don't have much now do you? 
More and more young women are being diagnosed with PCOS, so I'm sharing this with the hope that someone who may not know that they have it can find out and seek proper treatment. I wouldn't be surprised that some of you that read this have it and don't know, but

For more information on Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, its symptoms, signs and treatments check out this link:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001408/


Regards,

Tshenelle aka Nelly B.