As I am sat in the airport waiting for my gate to open, I’ve been left with time to think. I was recently diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). And as much as I don’t want it to bother me. It does.
I’ve never had a “normal” period cycle and as I researched the reasons to why online, I suspected I did have PCOS but I assumed it would only affect my fertility. At 20, this wasn’t a huge concern. But having PCOS actually means, as the doctor so kindly explained to me, due to the hormone in balance which goes hand in hand with PCOS, I am actually at higher risk of a multitude of illnesses including, but not limited to, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Not only this, but I am at higher risk of developing cancer of the womb. And I have reduced fertility. Fabulous.
This news has lead me to deciding to make some lifestyle changes. I am quitting sugar, well refined sugar. Partially inspired by Sarah Wilson (she’s a legend you should read her blog here, if you get the chance). But that means not eating a lot of my favourite foods. So please feel free to give me any suggestions on how to get my chocolate fix!
It has also been brought to my attention that I should probably exercise more. But being a cash strapped backpacker, fancy exercise classes aren’t really in the budget. So I’m going to use it as a motivation to get outside and make the most of living in Sydney for the summer, watersports and walks come at me! This said, I’m going to embrace the early starts Australians seem to adore and get my butt to swimming every morning. The Shelley Beach to Manly beach swim is supposed to be beautiful. The marine life you can see is remarkable, sometimes there are turtles! However if there’s a shark, I will shit my pants.
So summarising that waffle, I have PCOS. It was a scarier diagnosis than I thought. My lifestyle is changing. And if you have any hints and tips, or recipe ideas, I’m open to them all. I’ll keep you updated!