Hello, my name is Ashley. Around nine years ago, I found out I had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). September is the month for PCOS awareness, so today, I wish to share my story.
At that time, I was 13 years old, and I didn’t understand what it all meant. I refused to take medication, and therefore, I was untreated. It wasn’t because the doctors wouldn’t treat me for it. It was because I was stubborn, and I didn’t really understand my situation. After a year of untreated PCOS, I gained a large amount of weight, regardless of how active I was. I found out I had pre-diabetes, and again, I didn’t do anything about it until I was 17. I am now close to being diabetic and have an unresponsive thyroid. I also might have liver problems in the future.
The reason I wanted to tell my story is because I want to help young women my age to understand PCOS and what could happen to you if it is left untreated. My advice is to take the medication now before you have to take shots and more medication or something far worse.
I am now 22 years old. I have tried to fix my situation that was left untreated for years. Slowly, I am fighting to lose weight, keep myself from becoming diabetic, and lower my chances of the symptoms of PCOS. I have no one to blame but myself, but if I can reach a teenager or a young adult who has untreated PCOS and make them realize, “I need to get myself treated,” then my story is worth being told.
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