“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only option you have left.” ―Ziad K. Abdelnour

A few days ago I went to the gynecologist only to come out with some shocking news. You never want to hear any statement that begins with “You have….” and continues on to say something that you have. Especially when it’s an incurable thing

I’ve always wondered if there was something there but someone always had an answer for my issues. I’ve wondered why I have never been menstruating regularly. “Oh, that’s normal.” Why did I started gaining weight so easily after puberty and haven’t been able to work it off, just gain more? “Oh, it’s just hormones.” I’ve wondered why so much of my hair comes out in the shower EVERY DAY. “Everyone sheds hair everyday.” Why was I suddenly suffering with depression? “Well, you have gone through a lot of trauma in your life.” Why do I grow hair where I shouldn’t? “Many women have facial hair, it’s pretty normal.” Why can I never fall asleep at night? “You’re not active enough during the day.”

Someone always had an answer to come back with for every question I ever asked so I eventually stopped asking. Until the other day. I didn’t ask the questions but I finally got the answer to them from her. “You have PCOS, you are the definition of it. How did no one talk to you about this before?”

I know what you are thinking, what on earth is PCOS? Well, it stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and it is the leading cause of female infertility. There are over 200,000 cases in the US alone! And many women go undiagnosed, like I was.

Here are a list of symptoms found on the official website for PCOS:

Women with PCOS typically have irregular or missed periods as a result of not ovulating. Although some women may develop cysts on their ovaries, many women do not.

Other symptoms include:

  • Weight gain. About half of women with PCOS will have weight gain and obesity that is difficult to manage.
  • Fatigue. Many women with PCOS report increased fatigue and low energy. Related issues such as poor sleep may contribute to the feeling of fatigue.
  • Unwanted hair growth (also known as hirsutism). Areas affected by excess hair growth may include the face, arms, back, chest, thumbs, toes, and abdomen. Hirsutism  related to PCOS is due to hormonal changes in androgens.
  • Thinning hair on the head. Hair loss related to PCOS may increase in middle age.
  • Infertility. PCOS is a leading cause of female infertility. However, not every woman with PCOS is the same. Although some women may need the assistance of fertility treatments, others are able to conceive naturally.
  • Acne. Hormonal changes related to androgens can lead to acne problems. Other skin changes such as the development of skin tags and darkened patches of skin are also related to PCOS.
  • Mood changes. Having PCOS can increase the likelihood of mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
  • Pelvic pain. Pelvic pain may occur with periods, along with heavy bleeding. It may also occur when a woman isn’t bleeding.
  • Headaches. Hormonal changes prompt headaches.
  • Sleep problems. Women with PCOS often report problems such as insomnia or poor sleep. There are many factors that can affect sleep, but PCOS has been linked to a sleep disorder called sleep apnea.  With sleep apnea, a person will stop breathing for short periods of time during sleep.

As you can see, symptoms of PCOS are not pleasant. But that is exactly why women’s health care is so important. We need to help people with incurable ailments, such as this, as well as curable ones.

Though it isn’t curable, there are treatment options. Of course, the number one treatment is being place on birth control to stabilize your menstrual cycle. Often times, women get placed on metformin as well to help with various symptoms. I have not been placed on either. There is a pill that a doctor can give you if you haven’t menstruated in the last 90 days to cause you to menstruate so your body can clean itself out. This is what I will be taking if need be.

I know celebrities are a big part of our society so here is a small list of famous women who has struggled with PCOS:

  • Jillian Michaels

  • Emma Thompson

  • Victoria Beckham

  • Rebecca Atkinson

  • Jools Oliver

  • Sasha Pieterse

There is an entire month devoted to PCOS awareness, September. I wish I had known sooner that way I could participate but now I know for next month. But until then, if you see a teal ribbon anywhere, it’s for PCOS.

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         As always, thank you for reading my post and I hope this has helped you understand PCOS and how it can affect you. If you think you might have it, talk to your doctor right away.

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“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” -Robert Morgan

Here is another throwback video post. I grew up watching some of these and I loved them. It was also saught after so, here you are! What was your favorite?

I hope that this brought back as many memories for you as it did for me. As always, thank you for visiting and I hope you have a great day!

“Comedy always pushes some buttons, because it wouldn’t be comedy if it didn’t.” -Beth Behrs

Breakfast smoothie day 7!!!

3 ounces Greek yougurt

1/2 a carton of blueberries

A handful of Pineapple cubes

A bunch of kale

4 ice cubes

1/2 cup of water

Throw everything in blender and blend until smoothe.

 

This smoothie was a little thicker than I like but it tasted great. It is inspired from Beth Behrs’ book The Total Me-Tox. She gives a few smoothie recipes and this one is called Smooth-Out Smoothie. She also says to add 1 Tbsp of almond butter but I don’t have any in my home so that was left out. If you would like to learn more visit her website, totalmetox.com.

If you have tried any of her smoothies or have any comments about her book, please comment below. As always, thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

“Whether you’re reaching for one of your favorite cookbooks or just winging it, do your best to keep a well-stocked arsenal of healthy ingredients at your disposal. At the very least, you’ll always be ready to whip up a green juice or smoothie.” -Kris Carr

Breakfast smoothie day 6 ♥♥♥♥♥♥

1 8oz carton almond milk

1/2 cup greek yogurt

pinch of turmeric

1 green apple, cored and cut

1 carrot, peeled and cut

1/2 a carton of blueberries

1 handful pineapple

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 packet coconut oil

Add liquids and yogurt to blender. Next, add fruits, veggies, turmeric, and chia seeds. Blend well. Add coconut oil. Finish blending. Serve and Enjoy.

 

Today I just decided to add whatever I felt like together so there’s no specific recipe I took inspiration from. I must say, it came out very good so I am pleased. What would you change to this recipe? Let me know if you decide to try it.

“If you don’t look after your body, you will have nowhere to live.” -Jason Vale

Breakfast smoothie day 5!!!!!

1 8oz. carton almond milk

1 bottle Yankult probiotic

splash of vanilla

Pinch of turmeric

A bunch of kale

1 Avocado

1 banana

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 packet coconut oil

Add liquids to blender. Next add fruits, chia seeds, and spices. Mix well. Finally, add coconut oil and continue to mix. Serve and enjoy!

 

This recipe is inspired by The Domestic Geek’s vanilla-vacado smoothie, which you can see in this video. It is the second one shown.

Share how you make a smoothie recipe your own in the comments. And as always, thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a fantastic day!

“You can’t be sad when you’re holding a smoothie.” -Unknown

Breakfast smoothie day 4

1 8 oz carton of almond milk

1 bottle Yankult probiotic

1 mango, peeled and cut

1 banana

1 carrot, peeled and cut

A handful of pineapple chunks

A sprinkle of turmeric

A splash of vanilla

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 packet coconut oil

Add liquids to blender. Next add all fruits and spices. Mix well. Finally, add coconut oil and finish blending. Serve and enjoy!

 

This recipe is very loosely inspired by the following video from The Domestic Geek. It is the third smoothie they make.

Please share your thoughts below, we love hearing from you. As always, thank you for stopping by and have a splendid day!

“I like to do weird things in the shower, like drink my coffee, brush my teeth and drink a smoothie. It’s good time management.” -Michelle Williams

Breakfast smoothie day 3!!!

1/2 cup lemonade

1/2 cup greek yogurt

1 bottle Yankult probiotic

1 mango, peeled and cut

1/2 container of strawberries

A few kale leaves

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp turmeric

1 packet coconut oil

Add lemonade, yogurt and probiotic first. Next add fruits and veggies. Then we add everything else except coconut oil. Blend well. Add coconut oil while blending. Serve and Enjoy.

 

This was VERY loosely inspired by this recipe from The Domestic Geek (you can tell I made a lot of changes).

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Follow her Instagram, thedomesticgeek1. She has really awesome stuff for her viewers!

“In life, much like smoothies, you get out what you put in.” -Bolthouse Farms

Breakfast smoothie day #2

1 8 oz. carton Almond Milk

1 bottle of Yankult Probiotic

1 mango, peeled and cut

1 banana

Handful of pineapple chunks

A bunch of kale

1 Tbs chia seeds

1 packet coconut oil

Add milk and probiotic to blender first. Next, add your fruits, kale, and chia seeds. Blend together. Finally, add the coconut oil. Pour and enjoy!

 

This is another smoothie inspired by The Domestic Geek. Check out the video below, I used the first one she shares.

“A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.” -Pat Conroy

Breakfast smoothie #1

1 8 oz. carton of Almond milk (vanilla)

1 bottle of Yankult probiotic

1 mango, peeled and cut up

1 banana broken into thirds

1 peach, pitted

1 Tbs of chia seeds

1 packet coconut oil

Add milk and probiotic to blender first. Next, add your fruit and chia seeds. Blend well. Lastly, add the packet of coconut oil. Pour in 1 big cup or 2 small cups. Enjoy!

 

This recipe is inspired by The Domestic Geek. Check out the video below for the smoothie I made, it’s the first one.

“An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.” -Unknown

My topic for today is MY 5TH ANNIVERSARY of having this blog. I am grateful for everyone who has stuck with me. I may not be the most consistent blogger or the most interesting but you have been here for me though it all. From my first post, “A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime” to my wedding plans and trips around the US. So much has happened in my life and I am glad I get to share it with you. I am grateful for those who have been with me the whole five years and for those who are just joining me in my adventures.

I just can’t believe that it really has been 5 years since I opened this account and began sharing my stories with the world. Literally, people from all over the world have viewed my blog, something I thought would never happen. I may not have millions of followers or be any sort of popular in the blogosphere but I am here and I am happy.

I hope you all keep coming back and enjoying my content. And for now, enjoy this amazing song that came to my mind.