I Sing of PCOS

Today in my freshman English class at UNM, a student wrote that she wishes she knew more about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which she has but doesn’t understand. I remember being her–remember reading about PCOS for the first time in SEVENTEEN magazine and thinking, “Hey, most of those symptoms?–I have them!” I remember the fear and uncertainty of such a diagnosis. Of seeing, when my husband and I began trying to have children the first year of our marriage when I was just twenty-one and a grad student, the string of pearls on the sonogram picture of my ovaries, undeniable evidence.

So here, for those women who are dealing with PCOS, whether or not you’re considering trying to become pregnant, are going through infertility, or have just been diagnosed, a link to a site I found so comforting and supportive my first days and weeks of dealing with the diagnosis, and a poem I wrote sometime between dealing with infertility and adopting my sunshine, Jeremiah. And, as most of you know, I then gave birth to my (surprise!) baby girl Adelina a few years after I “gave up trying” to become pregnant…

SOULCYSTERS

Info from their site: “the largest online community of women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder of women, affecting as many as 1 in 10. While there is no cure for PCOS, the symptoms of PCOS can be managed with proper treatment by a qualified PCOS physican.

Here, at SoulCysters.com, we also believe that we help each other through the PCOS journey. Many of our members have become lifelong friends, helped each other lose weight, and kept up with the birth of our children (yes, you CAN get pregnant with PCOS!)”

JENNIFER GIVHAN

from LOVESONG OF THE BARREN WOMAN
…I sing of PCOS—
That pirate disease, launching its scourge on my red woman’s deck,
goading my dreams as they walk the plank
with a splash and a plop.
I thirst. For round belly flesh.
For a living inner-tube to keep me afloat…
(Read the full poem here, published at The Fertile Source).
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All my best to you, Cysters, and all my love.
Jenn

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