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“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!

“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.

“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.

“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.

“You must be Caroline. You look just like the girls Max used to give wedgies to in the cafeteria” -Mr. Huck

This week I had to opportunity to partake in very exciting activities. What were those activities? Well, I was able to go meet Ian Harding and Lucy Hale on Tuesday evening for Ian Harding’s book signing and photo-op. He recently released his first book, “Odd Birds” and is on a book tour right now. I was then able to meet Beth Behrs last night at her Q&A/talk/book signing for her newly released book “The Total ME-Tox.”

First off, I will talk about how I found out about these events and how you, too, can find something near you. Living in the L.A. area for about a year and I had absolutely no idea these things happened. I would have been there for so many other people had I known. I was actually on Facebook last week just looking at events happening in the area when I saw it, “Ian Harding celebrates Odd Birds with Photo Op & pre-signed book.” Of course, seeing Ian Harding’s name got me excited all at once so I clicked. And that introduced me to other goings on in the area.

So how do you go to one of these events? You get yourself down to the Barnes & Noble store before it opens, stand in line to buy the book (the day of) in order to get your wristband, then go home and do what you need to do until it’s time to get back. They don’t start lining up until about 6:00pm so there’s no use in staying the entire day. Plus, whatever band you have is where you will be at in line. Because I have plans to see more people, I became a B&N member so I get to be up at the front of the line. A membership is $25 per year and gets you great perks.

ian          So what was it like meeting Ian and Lucy? Well, very short to tell you the truth. It was a pre-signed book so there is no personalization. BUT, getting a picture with the two of them was wonderful. I told them my name and we got a few pictures and hugs. They are very nice people. There was even a girl who traveled from Mexico to see them.

beth          What was it like meeting Beth Behrs? It was definitely different from the night before. First of all, the crowd was much smaller so that was a plus. It was also a Q&A rather than just a photo-op. She talked to us, which you can see in the video below. She is a very funny and wonderful person. My photo with her was also just as wonderful. I am very thankful I got to meet such an inspiring woman. I have also had the opportunity to see her perform on 2 Broke Girls (tvticket.com has free tickets to tv shows like her’s).

Will I do this again? YES! We actually have plans for a few other ones soon so keep an eye out for that. If you’ve ever been to one, please comment below with your thoughts. And if you were at either one of these, let me know. As always, thank you for reading! I hope you have a great day.

“When I have time off, my friends and I will go to Universal Studios, the movies, out to eat, and shopping. I’m happiest when I’m just hanging out with my friends… it really doesn’t matter what we do.” -Kirsten Dunst

April’s update on Universal Studios!

The lines were generally not very long, and the weather was pretty good. I can say that it is more crowded than the past couple of months but still not bad.

20196404_1703903976584660_1327773539_oWe went on the Simpson’s ride, which is one of my favorites because it’s fun. The first time I ever went on it, I didn’t realize we weren’t actually going anywhere. I know, “how could you not know?” Well, It was my very first time on any rides since a couple years before my mission, everything was weird.

20133717_1703903963251328_330520501_oWe had the opportunity to eat at the taco truck. Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck is great. The tacos were delicious! I hadn’t eaten them before so it was something new for me.

20180342_1703903959917995_745539320_oAnother thing that I had, that I hadn’t ever eaten before, are Dippin Dots. They’ve been around for quite some time but I’ve never had them before. They were so good. I got vanilla and I loved it.

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Of course, we just had to go watch Waterworld. Who wouldn’t want to watch the amazing show? It’s a little different from the movie, since there is no kid, but it’s still a fantastic show. It was actually just revamped a little.

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Lastly, while we were heading out we saw Vin Diesel. How cool right? Check out the awesome picture we got with him! Ok, so it wasn’t really him but still. A figure of him is still pretty awesome, right?

20133589_1703903973251327_600789575_o.jpgOn our way back to the car, we were graced with music on Citywalk, as usual. I think it’s a really cool thing that Citywalk allows musicians to come and show their work to the general public and get recognised. I don’t think I have heard a bad musician on Citywalk yet. They definitely draw crowds.

If you have any guidance for Universal Studios Hollywood in April, please leave a comment below. I hope you are having, or had, a great day today and I hope to see you here again.

 

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“Have no fear These are nowhere near The best years of your life” -Brad Paisley

Dear 16-year-old Carra,

16          Your life will change in the next year and I know it will be hard. Just remember that there are people who love you and are here for you. You will be able to grow and learn so much because you will be getting out of your comfort zone. You’ll lose people you love, you’ll move twice in one year, and you’ll grow closer to Heavenly Father.
When given the opportunity to go see Mountain Grove High School, you’ll do it, you’ll meet the counselor and come out of the meeting ready to move. Actually ask questions this time, don’t be afraid. It’ll be exciting but sad. Leaving your friends will be hard, it is worth it.
See your mom before you move. It’ll eat at you if you don’t. She wanted to say 16 3goodbye but you left before she could. Also, spend more time packing and less time playing. You’ll have a week to pack all of your stuff. Make sure you put Whoonu in a safe spot so you don’t lose it because if you don’t you’ll find out it’s $60 when you’re looking into buying it again.
There will be many boys interested in you, say no to all of them. I mean it, all of them. Don’t even text Casey after Christmas, you’ll thank me later. Boys are no good and you deserve better than all of them. Having Dakota as a friend is enough, he’s a nice guy. But seriously, do not date any of them.
16 1          Don’t give your friend Megan money because you’ll never get it back. Also, don’t spend your first week not eating and hiding in the bathroom at lunchtime. Make friends.You will become really good friends with the girl who you have almost every class with, her name is Shelby. She’ll introduce you to people and you’ll become “popular” because everyone in your grade knows you.
When your English class gets into a discussion about Mormons, don’t be afraid to turn it into a teaching moment. Straightening out the lies will help them in the long run. Tell Derek that chocolate doesn’t destroy your soul, tell Rachel that we are Christian, stun everyone because they had no idea there was a Mormon in the class. You can do it, don’t be shy.
Another thing to consider is your career project in Personal Finance. You’re 16 2thinking about doing it on OB GYN. Don’t. That’s not really what you want to be, you want to be a teacher or a writer. Don’t pick OB GYN just because it makes more money and it goes with what your classmates are doing. Be yourself Carra, it’s ok.
Finally, don’t yell at your grandparents. You’re going to miss them one day and all of those times you screamed and fought will flood your mind for a time. Try to see it from their point of view. Also, learn all you can from grandma, make it a point to cook with her. Ask her about her life. If you don’t, you’ll regret it later in life.
You are a very smart, beautiful, and caring young woman. Don’t let anyone change that or tell you different. Stay close to your family, spend time with them. Garden with grandma, play pool with grandpa. You’ll miss out on all of that if you don’t. They love you and I love you. Stay strong.

Sincerely,
25-year-old Carra