Baby Showers? To go or not to go…. That is the question

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So this topic popped up on one of the PCOS forums I am active in. Let me just start off by saying…. For those friends of mine who have had babies, recently or in the past, please do not take this as I am not happy for you, but the happiness that I have for you is bittersweet. For those of us fighting with PCOS, the infertility that comes along with it is heartbreaking, and in that heartbreak it is hard to put on a smile for those living your dream. So when I politely decline your invite to a baby shower, I am in by no way attempting to be rude or say I am unhappy for you and your sweet family. Please realize that while I maybe happy for you, I am internally grieving for myself.

That being said. What is the polite way to decline a baby shower? Send a gift card? Come up with an excuse at the last minute, or just keep a standing no baby shower policy? Can you go to one and not offend someone else by not going to theirs? What do you do when you feel like everyone around you is having babies?!?!? I personally get some chocolate, a great funny movie, and cuddle on the couch….. Maybe not the best way to deal with my emotions, but I guess that’s what the blog is for now. CHIN UP my fellow PCOSers! We will get there… One way or another 🙂 In the meantime, take the poll.

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We are what we eat?

This blog is going to be more of a food diary as I journey through my attempt to eliminate my symptoms of PCOS with a gluten free, non gmo, organic diet.

For those of you that don’t know PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) is a hidden endocrine disease, that is for the most part still relatively new. What a lot of people don’t know (and I recently discovered) is that it is also considered an autoimmune disease.

Symptoms of the disease include horribly painful ovarian cyst (hence the name) but it doesn’t stop there. You can also have inflammation, random painful inflammation in your joints, back, and sciatic. Weight gain and trouble losing weight….. which is funny considering every doctor always tells me to get rid of the symptoms I have to lose weight. (which I have been doing, not quite there yet.) It causes insulin resistance, which makes most of us pre-diabetic. Thinning hair up top but odd extra hair in other random places. Infertility and depression. Those are just what http://www.webmd.com list. What they don’t tell you about is the mood swings, the KP (keratosis pelaris), lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, various vitamin/mineral deficiencies, anxiety, acne, migraines, IBS, high cholesterol, heart disease and the list goes on and on and on.

I can remember a time when I would tell people (mostly other women) what I had and I had to explain because they had never heard of it. Now I mention it and 3 out of the 5 women have it. I believe the actual standing statistics right now are 1 in 10 women suffer from PCOS and 6 out of those 10 are overweight or obese. 5 million women in the US alone struggle with this disease, but it’s not talked about. What changed us? What caused the drastic increase in women (and men) suffering from this disease and other infertility issues? Medicines? Pollution? GMO’s and pesticides in food? Additives? All of the above?

In this blog I hope as light is shed for me, I will be able to shed light for others on this increasing soon to be food poisoning epidemic.