When I was first diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), I found myself overwhelmed and adrift in a sea of uncertainty. My early experiences with diagnosis and treatment were far from ideal—they were marked by confusion, miscommunication, and a sense of being disregarded. A lack of comprehensive, clear, and empathetic information added to the physical and emotional challenges at the time.
At first, I thought it was just me—I blamed myself for not understanding the medical jargon, for not asking the right questions, for feeling so lost. But as I began to connect with others who were also living with PCOS, I realized that my experience wasn’t the exception—it was the rule. Too many of us were grappling with subpar care, and a distressing lack of resources tailored to our experiences.
PCOS is a journey, one that can touch every aspect of life—from physical health to mental well-being, from relationships to self-perception. It quickly became clear to me that there was a crucial need for a comprehensive resource to navigate these complexities—a guide that could bridge the gap between clinical information and lived experience, providing both understanding and practical advice.
I’m hoping that “Cysters: The Modern Guide to Life with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome” can be that guide. This is the book I wished I had when I was diagnosed. It’s a guide that acknowledges the realities of living with PCOS, validates the challenges and offers practical, actionable advice.
This book is for all of us who have felt the isolation, frustration, and confusion that often come hand-in-hand with a PCOS diagnosis. It’s for everyone who has felt dismissed or misunderstood. It’s for those who have asked “Why me?” and for those who are seeking to reclaim control of their health and their lives.
In the book, I’ll share my personal journey, from the struggles of early diagnosis to the empowerment of taking control. I’ll also include stories from a variety of women who have travelled this path. I will draw upon medical insights, practical advice, and resources, covering everything from nutrition and exercise, to managing mental health and relationships.
Writing this book is an important milestone in my own PCOS journey, one that fills me with purpose and hope that “better” is possible for the millions of women out there who are struggling with PCOS every day.
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