Previously on “Practise Care Always Sacredly” I explained what PCOS is, how I got diagnosed and gave an insight into my journey with it. If you haven’t had a chance to read the post I suggest that you read it (Part 1: PCOS – “Practise Care Always Sacredly”) before going any further with reading this post.
Now that you’re all caught up, let’s get back into it and discuss my relationship with Petunia. I have come to learn that Petunia is like a joke that get’s told a thousand times, funny at first but not so funny the hundredth time you hear it and by the time you get to a thousand you’re either annoyed or bored. When I missed my periods, it was a party! I was like a guy with boobies. Then Petunia decided to take my relationship with her to the next level without consulting me and asking how I feel about it (the liver this girl has is unmatched till this day). They say “new level, new devil” right? In short let me just say I’m forever PMSing (that’s not a word, but you catch my drift). My symptoms changed and now here I am trying to move on right along in this life thing.
Change is inevitable. With change comes growth should we wish to acknowledge the change we see happening in our lives. How do we acknowledge the change? By giving the new level a new us (by growing for the better as a person). This was what was required of me when Petunia decided to spice up our relationship. I began reading up on her (Petunia) and stunts she might try to keep my life interesting (to say the least). Almost everything I read, spoke on changing my lifestyle from what I consume physically (food and lack of exercise) to what I consume mentally (what I watch/read/ follow and who I let in my personal space). I came to the conclusion that I need a holistic detox.
And so the holistic detox began. With regards to food, the ketogenic diet is life! Accompany this change in eating habit with exercise and you’ll be well on your way and I can attest to this because I tried it, I lost roughly 15 kilos in a few months (don’t clap hands, I gained all of it back and more because I couldn’t stay faithful to the change). With the weight loss, my skin was popping, I had more energy, I slept like a baby and my periods came more frequently (the periods coming back were a bitter sweet thing for me because I had stopped budgeting for pads lol). I then moved on to detoxing things that had to do with the mental, I began with unfollowing people I had no business following in the first place, deleting numbers and avoiding people till they got the message. I also began loving people from a distance, I’ll explain what I mean by that. I have people in my life that don’t understand the nature of my relationship with Petunia and so when she occasionally pops up, it becomes a problem for them. So I speak with them when necessary or when spoken to, and that’s okay! I still love most of them to death (yes I said it, most. God is still working on my heart with regards to others). From unfollowing, I had to follow the right people now and they include Leoba Bono, breakingupwithobesity and Dr. Berg. I followed a few keto meal prep hashtags here and there as well. Last but not least, I joined a support group of women like myself who have to deal with a Petunia of their own. There’s no better feeling than feeling that I’m not crazy and that I’m not alone. It’s a private group on Facebook named PCOS SUPPORT GROUP SOUTH AFRICA-LEANDRIE PCOS. If you’ve been diagnosed with PCOS, ENDO or even suffer with infertility join the group and let’s be there for one another.
This one is for my people who know or are close to anyone diagnosed with PCOS, please read up on the condition before you make unsolicited remarks. Living with PCOS is hard! Let me give you an example: I cried hard during Avengers: Endagame (spoiler alert) when Tony died and when they had his funeral it felt like my world was ending. I had a proper ugly cry! The guy next to me was looking at me like “Relax! It’s just a movie, he’s not really dead” and at the end of the movie my eyes were red, my friend’s jersey was filled with snot and tears (yes, it was that deep and yes I did cry that hard) and as dramatic as it may sound, that is me. I am that girl that cried like she lost everything in a room full of quiet people trying to enjoy a phenomenal movie, just because Tony Stark saved the universe by snapping his fingers. I’m the girl and I’m not the only one. So please do best and read up on it, who knows, maybe you’ll find something I missed that can help me or you could start a support group of people like yourselves who don’t have PCOS but live with someone who does and you guys can help each other live or ‘deal’ with people like myself.
If you do decide to read up on it, share what you learned in the comment section. Even if you don’t, share some of those unsolicited remarks you often have
Let’s chat. Love Lelo.