My name is Victoria. I was diagnosed with PCOS in February of 2015. For the past 10 months I have had some ups with lots of downs. I’ve struggled with weight gain, the loss of control over my own body, fatigue, learning what PCOS is and how it affects me, as well as so many other things. On top of that October was my one year anniversary of being married. It was not an easy year, what with taking fertility meds and then trying to figure out why I was having such intense abdominal pain (food allergies as it turns out).
I have completely overhauled my eating habits and the way I cook. It’s still a process that I work on on a daily basis. Exercise is another battle some days and some days it is a joy to feel the strength coming back to my muscles. I’ve fought with myself over how I look and feel. I’ve fought with my husband about how I need his support and how some things he says sound to me. It has not been easy, but I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that can say they’ve had it worse. So, today I count my blessings and start this blog. This isn’t a solution to everything, but I’m hoping to get in touch with others that are dealing with PCOS, who need a helping hand in navigating this sometimes crazy ride of fertility treatments. (By the way, I could use a hand too if anybody is offering)
I should mention that I live in Nagoya, Japan where health issues are not openly discussed. The way PCOS is dealt with is very different here than in the U.S. I often feel alone and at a loss. My doctor doesn’t offer recommendations that I find through my research on the great wide web for food or supplements. The only suggestion I got was to make sure to eat a variety of food for maximum nutrition. If there are others out there in Nagoya, in Japan, in any country who have been through what I have, or are beginning their journey or are at the same stage as I am, I hope we can make contact. I have found one friend who has dealt with most of this before me and she has been a great help with settling my fears before a medical procedure or just calming me down when I felt myself falling apart. It really does help to have someone to commiserate with.
With this blog I hope to chronicle my experience of PCOS (via exercise, eating habits, cooking, traveling for stress relief, etc.) as well as fertility treatments and hopefully find a support group (or start one myself) in Nagoya where we can meet face-to-face.
My name is Victoria. What’s yours?
P.S. This meme to me is more like a fertility drug humor.