Friday, May 23, 2014

My Truth…

I am writing this and honestly don’t know if it will ever see the light of day (update; this has been sitting in my drafts for about a week) I was thinking of just posting a photo on Instagram with a small caption and call it a day but I felt this was too important.

So what is the story behind my bandanas?  I get asked this question at least once a week (or why I use so much gel) and it always makes me uncomfortable and usually just answer with “I love them” or “it makes it so much easier to get up and go”. Instead I should be saying “I have PCOS and my hair is thinning”. There…that is my truth but let’s face it, who wants to say that out loud?

Women who have PCOS deal with these issues:

The symptoms of PCOS can vary from woman to woman. Some of the symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Infertility (not able to get pregnant) because of not ovulating. In fact, PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility.
  • Infrequent, absent, and/or irregular menstrual periods
  • Hirsutism (HER-suh-tiz-um) — increased hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, back, thumbs, or toes
  • Cysts on the ovaries
  • Acne, oily skin, or dandruff
  • Weight gain or obesity, usually with extra weight around the waist
  • Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
  • Patches of skin on the neck, arms, breasts, or thighs that are thick and dark brown or black
  • Skin tags — excess flaps of skin in the armpits or neck area
  • Pelvic pain
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Sleep apnea — when breathing stops for short periods of time while asleep

Courtesy

My hair loss is so extreme that I don’t even go to beauty salons anymore because I don’t want people staring at me. I always think “you wouldn’t ask a woman who is going through Chemo why she is wearing a bandana or wig”. Women who suffer from PCOS deal with this on a daily basis. I am not saying that PCOS is on the same level as cancer but the emotional pain is just the same. In this society where we are bombarded with advertisements with women with long flowing hair…it is hard to live this way. I am not writing this for pity but instead to bring awareness to this issue and perhaps it will help someone who is reading this. Be kind to one another…

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Namaste…

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7 comments :

  1. I applaud you for the courage to post this. I am so proud to call you my bff. This post, could help others express their feelings and enlighten others, clueless to such things.

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    1. Thank you so much honey! Hearing this from you, means the world to me because you are one of my oldest and dearest friends. It was scary to post this and it took me a week to find the courage...I just hope that it helps someone and brings some insight. Love you!!! xoxo

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  2. I love you so much for this! it is so hard to put a light on our insecurities! You are braver and more beautiful than you will ever know! XOXOXOX

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    1. Thank you so much sweetie! I struggled with posting this but I was tired of living with shame. Love you!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this. What an inspiration!

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    1. Thank you so much sweetie! Xoxo

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  4. I'm sure this was difficult to share, but I'm sure it will help to bring awareness of PCOS to those who many who may be unfamiliar with it. Good for you for being strong enough to help educate people about this!

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