PCOS: Really?

For quite sometime I have been struggling, more like angrily battling, a pretty sudden spike in my weight. It’s no secret those that are close to me have seen it, as they have seen me lose it and gain it lose it and gain it up and down back and forth…. are you dizzy and tired yet because I am. Nothing about my lifestyle has changed. I have the occasional drink or two on the weekend with my husband, as I should be able to do I bust my A$$ all day every day, I enjoy food that’s probably not great for me but I do it in moderation and watch my portions, again I should be able to do so……

So why is it that I’ve gained so much weight over the course of 2 months? Why is my hair falling out? Why is it brittle? Why is my skin dreadful? Why am I swelling up like I just shoveled an entire Chinese buffet in my face? And all while still being able to run, lift, work 3 jobs and be a full time Mom, Wife, and keep a clean organized house….you’d think goal weight wouldn’t be a problem right? You’d think I’d be at dance auditions to be a Texans cheerleader…… but this evil little syndrome has made it’s self at home in my body and it’s wreaking havoc.

I went to my doctor yesterday to receive results from a round of small tests and received only the first part of a diagnosis that’s breaking my heart….. I have PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome). I’ll put a link here for you medical junkies so that you can read the in’s and out’s http://women.webmd.com/tc/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos-topic-overview  for the rest of you in a short synopsis….

It means that I have a large amount of cysts on my ovaries. These little boogers cause weight gain, fatigue, hot flashes, bad skin, bad hair, and here’s where it really upset me…… causes infertility, and is common in severely over weight or morbidly obese people.

Whoa wait a minute…. you mean to tell me that when I was 265 pounds eating FRIED everything, drinking like a sorority brother and not exercising EVER I was fine? I was able to conceive a child? Everything looked great? No chance for diabetes and now on Monday I have to be tested for diabetes which they’re almost positive I also have……

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I wanted to scream, I wanted to cry, I can’t understand after making the decision to change my life in 2008 and lose 100 pounds how this is all happening 5 years later when I’m living a healthy life style. I can’t wrap my head around that……… I can’t.

As my doctor, who is simply the best and a friend, put it this diagnosis and the other diagnosis that generally accompany it are usually given to patients like the “old unhealthy morbidly obese Tera” patients like the old me are given that diagnosis and then go on to change their lifestyles and save their lives…….it’s so uncommon for it to be the other way around.

So what now? Well I was given orders to go home and enjoy something that I love to eat, healthy or not, for dinner and enjoy a glass of wine….. because starting today (Saturday) my journey begins. Yet another battle that I have to stand up and fight. A new way of eating, new way of living, and a series of tests on Monday involving needles…. I DESPISE needles. I will have my complete diagnosis on Friday and I hope and pray that it’s not diabetes along with the PCOS (they almost always go hand in hand).

I will be eating a Paleo life style, low carbs, pretty much Gluten free, so all of the “fun” ways of eating rolled into one. I have to eat foods that won’t spike my insulin levels in any way as that makes the cysts flare, and I don’t want to tick those cysts off anymore than they already are.

Thank you for reading, if in fact you still are I know is was quite rambly, getting my thoughts, fears, struggles out makes me feel ready. I feel like I can do this, I feel like I can beat this, I think…….

Healthy Wishes, T

18 thoughts on “PCOS: Really?”

  • So glad I found this post. It is very timely for me. I have had the lab slip in my purse for more than a week. My doctor is testing me for PCOS. I haven’t made it to the lab because I am afraid of the results. I am new to your blog but seems like you will do a great job managing and kicking PCOS in the ass. Like others have said, it can often be managed by diet. That is a very good thing. For me, also scary too….things will have to change. I look forward to hearing more of your journey as I fear I will be there too very soon. Just need to get to the lab.

  • I’m so sorry you have this awful diagnosis! It just doesn’t seem fair. BUT, you can manage it by changing your diet and you’re doing all of the right things. Also, your fertility may be affected but there is hope! I managed to conceive naturally after changing my diet and lifestyle so it is possible! Good luck!

  • Ugh, it totally sucks to be thrown a curveball like that. I’m so sorry, Tera. You are such a positive person, though, and I know you’ll get through this! Sending love and many positive thoughts your way. xxoo

  • Sending you love, Tera. You’re doing everything right… it’s truly not a fair world. You’re weight loss and road to a healthy life and being a kick ass mom and wife, are an inspiration to many. Imagine if you had not made those changes? You’re beautiful, strong and you have a team of ladies behind you, ready to lift you high. Keep us posted.

  • It’s another challenge but you can do it. I say as much of a challenge as it can be my type 1 diabetes was a blessing in disguise. It made me take control of my health much earlier than I might have otherwise. Do I hate it when my a1c goes array despite my attention to my food and exercise schedule? Yes, but I remember I’m more than a number and I keep pushing on for my healthy. You can do this!

  • So sorry to hear you are dealing with this, but I know your positivity and perseverance will carry you through a new way of eating, etc. – as for needles, I totally feel you. I get weekly injections and find practicing all kinds of kooky breathing really helps to keep my mind off the needle part. 🙂 Sending you my best wishes!

  • Did your doctor talk to you about stress? Three jobs? That’s a lot..not counting your fourth mommy job. Maybe schedule some r&r. Anyone with an attitude and a go to manner like yours can stomp the hell out of anything. So no worries, you’ve got this.

  • Did you have the ultrasound done yet that actually shows you have poly cists? Or was this just based on the blood work?

    I ask because I was told I had PCOS (with no characteristics other than weird periods) based on just the blood results. She put me on medicine and 3 months later I was pregnant. So when I had my first ultrasound for my pregnancy they looked at my ovaries and no polycists. They’re going to redo the blood work when I’m ready to try for baby #2.

  • I’m so sorry you have to deal with PCOS and possibly diabetes. My disease is totally different (Rheumatoid arthritis) but I remember those early days of adjusting to what a diagnosis meant for my future. Part of me felt relief that my issues finally had a name and part of me felt sad and angry that it would never be cured. Eventually I made peace with my disease but I have never let it define me or what I can do or become – just as I know PCOS or diabetes will not define you.

  • Tera, that’s such frustrating news. You’ve worked so hard to get where you are, don’t be discouraged. You’ll tackle this with as much sass and class as everything else you’ve endured.

  • I have PCOS as well, and it is not the end of the world!! Mine is easily controlled with medication, good exercise which you already do, and moderate eating. I too, have struggled with weight, and the medication coupled with lifestyle changes has made life with PCOS not much different. I know the diagnosis can be scary, but please rest easier, you will be fine!! Feel free to email me with any questions!!

  • Oh no, I’m so sorry 🙁 That is horribly ironic, and I hope that your new way of eating will greatly help! I’m actually researching this more, as although my last exam was perfectly fine, I have some of the symptoms that I think accompany this (very hard to lose weight, always swelling, facial hair) I’m hoping it’s just a bit of a hormone imbalance, but will look more into it due to your post. Again, I’m really sorry, and I know you’ll be able to kick this thing in it’s rear end!

  • I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Little does PCOS & it’s friends know who they’re messing with. You are going to transform your diet just like you did before into something mega healthy so your body can thrive. Lots of love, mama!

  • Hi Tera! Sorry you are having so many health issues 🙁 Our bodies betray us sometimes and for no apparent reason. I have multiple food allergies, and my kids have nut allergies and have been hospitalized several times for them. It makes us ask why, but I know that whatever you got through, you will be able to help others with your experience. Hang in there and keep us posted! Sending prayers and blessings your way <3

  • I am going to share with you a quote that gives me tremendous motivation. “I am not afraid. I was born to do this. ” ~ Joan of Arc. You’re story is heartbreaking but I have the utmost faith that YOU of all people are equipped with the ability to beat this AND while doing so you are drastically reducing the risk of other chronic disease that most of us will inevitably develop due to frequent diet indiscretion ( which you won’t do!). Good luck on your journey!

  • Struggles and set backs are no fun at all! Especially when they come about like this. I wish you so much luck for a speedy recovery (if that is a thing?) sometimes our bodies make miracles happen. Lots of hugs and support I’m sending to you! Look how far you’ve come! I bet you will kick this just as quickly and victoriously.

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