Comment Of The Day, March 20, 2010
Today’s Flying With Broken Wings, Help, I’m Turning Into A Man!, is a must read. Sarah discussed PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome); including symptoms and side-effects. She also highlighted the connection between hypothyroidism and PCOS. Sarah’s article is informative and engaging. If you have issues or concerns about hormones, menstrual and, or pelvic pain, insulin resistance and; well, you’ll have to give it a read, it’s also a terrific place to start. Lots of resources have been provided. We urge you to read it, if you haven’t already.
Many community members shared their PCOS stories and concerns. We’re so proud of everyone. Though discussing our lady parts might seem like an uncomfortable topic, we’ve got em’, so let’s dish about em’. We were very pleased to see our resident comic (ahem, a male), chime in, too.
Today’s comment goes to;
Kathy says: March 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm
Sarah, I could have written this letter word for word. I have walked, no dragged the footsteps of being diagnosed with PCOS when I was 20, to not being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s just about two years ago. Plagued with menstrual irregularities right from the start of my first period when I was 10, I went to the gynecologist to try and get things straightened out when I was a young married 19 year old.
Luckily with the aid of fertility drugs I was able to conceive and bear two daughters. My last pregnancy, one that I achieved on my own ended up with a miscarriage at 14 weeks. Four years later at the age of 34, I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer and underwent a total hysterectomy. My ovaries were also involved.
Hormone issues much like yours sent me on a roller coaster ride. My own estrogen level was akin to that of a normal woman taking 20 birth control pills a day. The estrogen converted to testosterone, so I am left with the ‘scars’ of hirsutism, excess weight, insulin resistance and high cholesterol.
Depression is one of my worst symptoms with the thyroid disease. I have hypometabolism and cannot metabolize many medications. I was being treated for depression and the insulin resistance when I developed serotonin syndrome and lactic acidosis. No one would touch me with a ten foot pole. It was after I Googled my head off with the signs and symptoms, that I BEGGED for someone to check my thyroid. BINGO! Diagnosis. Hashimoto’s; a relief?!
I just don’t know. I’m at the end of going through my second menopause. I went through it right after the hysterectomy, never thinking that when I turned 50, it would happen all over again with what residual hormones I did/do have.
My advice for anyone, talk about it, talk about it; learn what you can, and advocate for yourself.
Today, at 54, the untreatable depression makes me hide at the bottom of the well until I’m ready to come out. Serious breathing issues are making me OCD, now, but on the whole, I’m taking charge, I’m informed, I’m determined to be well. What a fight!
Thanks so much for sharing! Katie told me that we would have a lot in common and that you would be a good listener. It’s time to come out of the well;again.
Regarding Thyrants, Thyrants?!, we asked our community if we should continue posting Thyrants and we got some terrific feedback. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE for sharing your opinion. After hearing what everyone had to say, we’re thinking:
- Max 200 words
- Everyone remains anonymous, initials only
- Thyrants will be paired with pin-ups as they always have been.
Any additional thoughts or ideas, we’re all lady balls, so speak up!
Today’s comment goes to;
Lolly says: March 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm
I think Thyrants should stay agree not too long, but hey some of us have long things to vent about. I don’t rant that much, so when do; I save it up for a long one. LOL
As for the pin-ups, if they go so do I because it means we are all beautiful regardless of this disease; it was drew me to this place. I love the pin ups.