As we are nearing the end of September, I appreciate all the women who have shared their inspiring stories. I personally take to heart this disorder. PCOS affects 1 in 5 women worldwide. For more information go to http://www.pcosaa.org
Here is KetoCys story!
Tell us about yourself
Hi, I’m Tiffany (@KetoCys) and I’m almost 36 years old. I’m married to a wonderful man and currently have no children. I live in the Bay Area, California. I have two wonderful animals, Nayeli our Husky Mix & Frankie our Red-Eared-Slider Turtle. I spend my time volunteering at the SPCA, logging my PCOS journey on my Instagram and traveling to new places.
Tell us about your story
I was first diagnosed with PCOS back in 2006. I had been going to the doctor for about 5 years before my diagnosis with an onset of many different symptoms; panic attacks, heart palpitations, extreme anxiety, sudden weight gain, depression, hair growth, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, muscle aches, pain in my joints, pain in my pelvic area and high blood pressure. You name it, I had it, I was miserable.
All these different symptoms and my doctor had no idea what was the cause , I became a severe hypochondriac. Anytime I felt pain or felt like something wasn’t right, I automatically assumed the worst. Every doctor I saw would just send me away with medications and one time after me complaining that I didn’t need any more medications, the doctor put a note in my chart stating I was “reluctant to treatment”, after that no doctor would listen. I felt alone, and at times, I felt like I was going crazy. Could all of this really be in my head? I couldn’t hold down a job, I lost interest in doing things and my life started to unravel.
I later came across a Gynecologist who during my routine yearly check-up finally listened to me and my symptoms. She immediately took me in a room and did and ultrasound of my ovaries and ran extensive blood work. When she called me a few days later and told me I had poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. I was relieved to finally have a diagnosis, but also scared because “what did this mean?”. When I looked up what PCOS, I felt validated and also angry! For the past five years, no one would listen to me, how much time could have been saved if doctors would have listened to my pain instead of treating me like a nuisance? With a diagnosis I could finally begin my journey to recovery. So I thought. I was put on a series of medications like birth control, metformin, Lexapro to help with my anxiety, Ambien for sleep and a couple others for facial hair growth. I was also instructed to lose 10% of my weight and at first I did and then I gained it all back and more. Even with medications my weight wouldn’t budge, my symptoms were getting worse and I still felt like there was more I could be doing, but what?
10 years later, sitting at 235lbs and counting. I knew I needed a big change. I recently got married and my Husband and I were now starting to talk about having children. I had to find a better solution if I ever wanted to become pregnant naturally. I had recently read a book by Dr. Marilyn Glenville – “Natural Solutions to PCOS: How to Eliminate Your Symptoms and Boost Your Fertility.” I found this book to be life changing, I learned so much about PCOS, how the cycle works and most of all how to help my body through diet, vitamins, supplements and detoxing. For the first time in the years, I felt like there was information out there and hope. I sought out a doctor in my area who specialized in Holistic Health/Oriental Medicine. I found Dr Kimberly Burke at the Peninsula Holistic Health Center. Since my treatment started with her April of 2018, I have lost 30lbs and counting. I have completely detoxed from sugars and gluten. I now follow a Ketogenic diet which is wonderful for insulin resistance. I’m now starting to ovulate normally and my menstrual cycle is also regulating. My health is improving every day and I feel wonderful! I am no longer take metformin, ambien, birth control or any other medications! For the first time in years, I feel like I’m starting to gain control of my life and my health on my own terms. BUT most of all I’m happy!
Give us one piece of positive advice for our readers
Take charge of your health, don’t let anyone make you feel like you are not important. Follow your heart and educate yourself with all possible treatments. Do the research.
What is something that inspires you?
My Husband, he is a wonderful support system and keeps me going on days I feel like giving up.
Having a family some day is also what inspires me.
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Thank you for sharing Tiffany, You can find her on social media below.