– Oscar Wilde
PCOS was one of those blessings in disguise...but at first it felt like a curse.
For those of you who don't know what PCOS is...it stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS is fairly common hormone imbalance in 1 out of every 10 women that can present itself in different ways. For me with was irregular/absent periods, ovarian cysts, acne, unwanted hair growth, depression, hair loss, weight gain just to name a few. Like I said everyone is different and experience different symptoms.
I had been experiencing PCOS symptoms since my early teens but was not diagnosed until I was 20. At the time it answered a lot of questions about what I had been dealing with over the years. I also felt stuck, helpless and lost.
Instead of using the diagnosis as motivation to change I used it as the reason I could not...
I can't lose weight because of my PCOS.
I may never be able to have kids because of my PCOS.
I don't feel good about myself or body because of my PCOS.
PCOS became my crutch.
After trying the traditional methods of PCOS management with diabetes medication, BC/hormone therapy and pain pills with no improvement I started seeking alternative therapies. That is when I went to a naturopath who told me how I could heal my body with nutrition and exercise. I was skeptical at first but willing to try anything. He explained it would not be an over night process but this one appointment guided me to a path that forever changed my life.
I started researching natural therapies to manage PCOS. I learned about the power of super foods, supplements, and whole foods. I realized no amount of sweat could out work a bad diet. I discovered the food you eat is either the safest form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. This began a journey of self healing that helped me discover my true self.
I began sharing my journey to health and happiness about 3 years ago on Instagram (@laurenkilisky). Little did I know that decision would turn into so much more. Through the IG community I was introduced to Shakeology, at home workouts, support and an opportunity that forever has changed my life. The opportunity to pay it forward as a coach and help others find their health and happiness.
Since being diagnosed with PCOS in 2010 I have...
-Lost and maintained a 40lb weight loss
-My period has become regular for the first time in my life
-Reversed most of my PCOS symptoms
-Made my health priority for the first time ever
-Gotten off ALL prescription medication
-Found my health & happiness
-Discovered my calling helping other women do the same
If I had never been diagnosed with PCOS I would have never stumbled upon my purpose. I would have never made my health a priority at such a young age. I would have never met hundreds of amazing PCOS cysters who have become some of my closest friends. I would not be a lifestyle coach helping others find their health and happiness. I would not be living the life of my dreams.
PCOS has turned into a blessing in disguise and helped me find my purpose. Remember what you are going through right now is only temporary. You have two choices in life, to use your circumstances as an excuse or the reason. The reason why you decide to be stronger those excuses and fight for more...because YOU are worth it.
In honor of PCOS Awareness month I was inspired to post an update to my story of overcoming PCOS. I will forever be thankful for my struggles with PCOS because without them I would have number stumbled upon my strengths.
If you know someone with PCOS or are a PCOS fighter please help spread awareness this month. Share your story or feel free to share this post. Together we can overcome anything!
If you would like to connect with other PCOS cysters you can join my private support group HERE. Remember you are not alone <3.