1. What year were you diagnosed with PCOS?
2006, I believe. I was a Sophmore in high school.
2. What was your reaction when you found out?
I had no idea what it meant. I was just trying to figure out why I was overweight and could never lose weight no matter what.
3. Since being diagnosed, what changes have you made?
I became vegetarian, and with that change alone I lost 50lbs.
4. What medications were you prescribed?
I took Metformin in all forms and found out I was allergic. I’ve taken Aldactone since I was diagnosed, and I’ve just started Victoza.
5. Had you heard about PCOS before being diagnosed?
6. Have you met any other females with PCOS?
No, but my mother meets them all the time. She’s a nurse.
7. How did you educate yourself about PCOS?
Doctors and the Internet.
8. Is it difficult to talk about PCOS with family and friends? Do they show support?
I only talk to my mother about it. I’ve only recently told several of my friends. I also bonded with a girl in college because she has Endometriosis. My mother has taken me to all of my doctors appointment and she is my biggest support system.
9. What were your symptoms before being diagnosed? How are your symptoms now?
I had only had a couple of periods before I was diagnosed at age 16. I also had excess hair and was extremely overweight.
Since being diagnosed I have lost about 80lbs. Quite recently I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, so that’s another thing I’m learning to deal with.
10. Do you see an Endocrinologist or OB/GYN?
I see both at a prestigious hospital. I’m also working on getting in to see a dietician.
11. What are your interests/hobbies?
Art, design, crafting, cross stitching, and music.
12. What is one of your guilty pleasures?
Shopping at Michael’s. I’m there 4/7 days a week.
13. Is there anything else that you’d like to see on this blog?
None that I can think of right now.
14. What do you think of the new category for meeting other females with PCOS?
I think this is a great idea. We need to stay strong together, network, and realize that we aren’t alone in this fight against our bodies and this disease.