Friday Guest Blogger: Aaliyah Choi
The battle that changed me
By AAliyah Choi
Hello to all of you! I want to take a moment to tell you all about my story. it is so important to listen to your body. I have been suffering from Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a condition that affects women's hormone levels. The hormone imbalance causes them to skip menstrual periods and makes it harder for them to get pregnant. PCOS also causes hair growth on the face and body and baldness. PCOS occurs in over 10,000,000 women worldwide. Grab your tea and follow along!
When I was 13, I started my journey to puberty, at that time everything seemed normal. When I turned 15, I started skipping my cycle for months at a time or I would have two periods in one month. My cycles became painful and unbearable, I couldn't keep track of when my cycles would start or end. I couldn't live as a normal teenager, between gaining weight and losing or growing hair on my chin, the acne that scared my face. When I turned 19, I ended up finding the my love of my life, but around the same time I discovered there was a cyst on my right ovary. But little did I know, this cyst was going to change my world. My husband and I were trying to conceive at that time. For about 3 months, I failed to conceive and we figure it was because of the cyst. Little did we know, our little one was growing inside. A month passed and I found out I was pregnant! But this is where my pregnancy turned for the worse. My OB/GYN miscalculated how far along I was, Which resulted in them telling me I was having a miscarriage. But after waiting another week, They realized that I actually wasn't that far along to begin with. What A rough start.. I know. It seem to be a never ending cycle, The hospital became my home. Between 2 early preterm labor scares and having a cyst removal surgery. I don't know how many times I wanted to give up, But I'm happy I didn't. After all of my troubles, I was able to give birth to a healthy baby girl.
PCOS strikes with full force:
After that, I didn't go back to normal after birth. My cycles would skip for 3 months and then bleed for a month or 2 straight. I gain 30 pounds in one month, I knew instantly there was something wrong. A few months later, I was finally diagnosed with PCOS. My doctor at the time didn't have much info on PCOS. I figured that It wasn't that serious then. To be honest I thought they were just saying it, just to stop me from complaining. I went on the rest of year with my cycles off the chart, I still didn't search for more answers. Now pause. Ladies, If you were just diagnosed with something. Make sure to ask questions and if your doctor can't tell you. FIND SOMEONE THAT WILL. Here's why..In the year 2017, My cycles were still causing me problems. I did my own research and found the PCOSAA ( PCOS Awareness Association) They gave me tons of info about PCOS. Which fuel me to ask more questions to my doctor. The more questions I asked, The more I realized how much these doctor's didn't know much about PCOS. As time went on, I started bleeding heavier on my cycles and after 3 weeks of straight bleeding, I ended up going to the ER and of course they sent me back home. Then I would follow up with the GYN and they would just insult me, They would tell me that I am fat and just send home. This was an ongoing ordeal for 6 months. Until finally, I found a new doctor. Before I had my first appointment with him, I was hospitalized again for passing a tangerine size blood clot. The ER doctors sent me home again. This is where I was happy that I found a new doctor. I went for my first appointment with my new doctor, He had so much knowledge on PCOS. He also brought to my attention that I was 2ML away from needing a blood transfusion. As we were talking, I felt like I was going to faint. He jumped into action and got me hooked up to fluids. He went on to tell that if I never came in, I would have lost my life. He said “ When women lose hope and give up, they just decide not to fight for their health anymore”. He also commended me on not giving up on myself. This was one of my toughest times in my life, My husband was deployed and I was taking care of our 1 year old. Sometimes you have to be close to death to see how valuable life is.
PCOS has turned my life upside down, I still fight with depression and finding the strength to keep getting experimented on. Because of PCOS I suffer from Fatty Liver disease, I still battle with Anemia, I'm still unable to conceive and Of course, PCOS has left me with a lot of uncertainty. Every time I get better with my anemia, I drop back down to the danger zone. Yes, I have been put on Iron pills many times. Oddly, my body is not absorbing the pills well. I still have a lot more tests and treatment ahead of me. My story will not end until I conquer PCOS.
Taking a stand:
I took a vow, That I will fight for my health and bring awareness to PCOS. I joined forces with PCOSAA to fight along with them. PCOS is only 5-7 years old on the medical scene. I hope you ladies, learn from my experience and realize that you only have one life. I am still battling through PCOS and I have a lot more ahead of me before I can get a handle on this. But I'm ready. I encourage anyone who may think or you may know someone who might have it. Please get checked!
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