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Finding Strength through PCOS

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a blog by Melinda Davis, August 17, 2011

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Everyone has their bad days, and I am no exception. Though I've put my infertility woes behind me, I'm constantly reminded of my infertile state.

Today I started my third menstrual cycle in less than six weeks. Life with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) can be frustrating, and I'll either go months between cycles, or they will come right after another. The only thing that's constant about them are that they last six to nine days and are accompanied by cramps, acne and mood swings.

When I'm not dealing with my irregular cycles, I'm plucking hairs from places they don't belong, battling a constant fight with acne and oily skin, and losing my hair. I'm lucky that I don't have the weight issues many women with PCOS struggle with, but I maintain a healthy diet and a regular fitness routine to keep my weight in check.

For those dealing with infertility, every day can be a struggle. Our struggles aren't always the same, but with them come a choice. We can let them take over our day, or we can accept the things we cannot change and make the most of our day so our struggles don't control who we are. Learning to let go of my frustrations instead of dwelling on them has helped me more than any treatment did, because even though infertility is a physical battle, it is just as much an emotional one.

Life with PCOS has taught me how strong and weak I really can be. Nothing else has challenged me in the way that it has. But I’ve learned by taking ownership of it. By doing something to turn my day around when all I want to do is crawl back in bed, it has allowed me to find a new level of confidence in myself and has shown me that God will truly give me the strength to not only survive, but to live life to its fullest no matter what comes my way.

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