Can you believe it is already September? Where has the year gone? I love September, because it brings with it the changing of seasons, and an air of newness… New colors, new tastes and smells, new weather.
September is also PCOS Awareness Month.
As I sit here, waiting for my sweet daughter to wake up, reflecting over my journey with PCOS (which actually started long before the official diagnosis) I can thing of some very important life lessons I have learned through PCOS:
1) In order for the body to function well, it must be treated well.
2) Food can be the body’s greatest opponent, or it’s most effective medicine. Figuring out the best PCOS diet for your body takes just as much trial and error as it does motivation and self-discipline.
3) Getting pregnant and having babies is NOT as easy as it seems.
4) The simple act of walking for exercise can improve mood, help stabilize blood sugar levels, and help lead to weight loss. So finding an hour to walk each day is well worth the effort.
5) Doctors are not all-knowing, but finding the right doctor for you, and for your specific situation, can make or break the way you manage your PCOS diagnosis, and it makes all the difference in the journey toward pregnancy and fertility.
6) While finding the right doctor is important, it is also important to realize that your doctor cannot do all the work for you. Accepting personal responsibility for your body, your health, and your future is a crucial part of managing PCOS.
7) Even if you do everything right, you still may need medication or fertility treatments in order to conceive. This does not mean you are a failure as a person, as a wife, or as a woman.
8) It helps to share your story… Maybe with one person, or maybe on a larger scale. When believers know what you are going through, and rally around you in prayer, it changes things.
9) PCOS does not define who you are. It does not diminish your worth. Your worth and identity are found in Christ alone, whether you have a brood of ten children, or none at all.
10) Miracles still happen every single day. So be on the lookout for them. Everyday miracles can be small, so if you aren’t looking you just might miss them.