Developing a Support System
PCOS can be lonely and isn’t understood by many, especially men. I don’t think you really understand how PCOS affects you unless you live it, but I am sure you can say the same for any other disease. Developing a support system is crucial to success with PCOS.
I am very blessed because I have an amazing support system in my husband, sister, mom, and close friends. Once I finally was diagnosed with PCOS, I decided that I needed to make lifestyle changes. I do not want to become diabetic and ill. In fact, I hate needles, and I am not sure if I could stick myself every day (I’m sure if I had to I would). So I decided that I am going to do everything in my power to prevent diabetes or, at least, delay it as long as I can.
When I decided to commit myself to significant changes, my husband was right there with me. He did not blink an eye. He not only supports me and believes in me, but he also does it with me. He eats what I eat and is focused on getting regular exercise as well. He has lost quite a bit of weight too. He told me he likes how we eat and feels healthier and stronger! I honestly don’t know if I could be on this journey with a partner who wasn’t understanding and supportive (but that is one of the many reasons why I chose my husbandJ).
Choose people who will motivate and encourage you, people that you can count on.
My mom and sister are equally supportive and can understand the female perspective that my husband just can’t empathize. They understand that there are times when I need to be validated, times when I need a sounding board, and when I need a shoulder to cry on. They also know when I need encouragement and motivational support to keep on track. They have gone out of their way to help me. My mom has come to the doctors to help advocate for me. When my family gets together, they make sure the menu fits my needs. They will modify foods and recipes for me. They also will try out new recipes that are healthier versions of delicious dishes just for me. Not a lot of people would do this and put in the effort. My family wants me to succeed and be healthy. They have and will do whatever it takes to support me in reaching my goals.
I don’t know where I would be without my support. I’m sure I would be managing my PCOS, but I am not sure if I would be as successful without people to lean on and to cheer me on. I am human and some days I need a little extra motivation and support from others.
I hope that you have a support system that you can lean on when you need it because PCOS can be draining. The support systems in your life need to know that you are making lifestyle changes, and they need to accept and support your change for you to succeed. If you don’t have people that are willing to support and encourage you, you need to find someone that will. Choose people who will motivate and encourage you, people that you can count on.
Personally, I don’t know anyone else in my life that has PCOS. I would love to be able to connect with other women who have similar issues and who can empathize. I think it is also important to have a support system of people who have been where you are.
Please feel free to reach out to me. I would love to hear from you!