Okay, I have a serious question for my fellow late 20-something women…
What did our parents do before the internet?
I know, how millennial of me to ask but HONESTLY! As an entrepreneur and curvy woman managing life with PCOS, I have found MAJOR validation, camaraderie and friendship VIRTUALLY. And truly can’t imagine life without it!
Now don’t get me wrong, I am so thankful for my PHYSICAL circle! But at times, they just don’t get me (ummm one of the MANY reasons I started Ditch the Clique!)…
I vividly remember the day I found out I had PCOS. To be honest, it wasn’t a shocking diagnosis seeing as my period had been irregular since day 1, I gained weight regardless of my health/fitness routine, sex was sometimes PAINFUL, and I suffered from severe adult acne. But just because it wasn’t shocking didn’t mean it wasn’t lonely. Prior to discovering I had PCOS I knew NO ONE who had it! Hell, it was even a mystery to my medical professional husband!
I felt so alone.
And I let myself live in that loneliness for some time. But finally I decided to process this decision my body had made without me by doing what I had always done in difficult times….write. When my family lost EVERYTHING, when my relationship faced hiccups, when friendships fell apart, when I hated my job, writing down my journey ALWAYS helped. So that’s what I did. And slowly but surely, it helped to heal my relationship with my body and allowed me to process what my life would look like moving forward.
“But what about the other women?” I wondered.
I thought more and more about other women in my situation. What about other women dealing with PCOS? Or other decisions their bodies have made without them? What about other women managing body image, infertility, unhappiness with themselves? Who do they have to talk to? How do they process it?
Though I didn’t have the exact answer, I knew when other women shared their relatable journies of overcoming obstacles I ALWAYS felt less alone. So (you guessed it!), that’s what I did. Slowly I began shamelessly sharing my ENTIRE journey and not only did it help ME process, but I quickly realized it helped other women too!
You can read my FIRST blog post referencing my PCOS diagnosis HERE.
Fast forward 4 years later and taking that ONE small but vulnerable step completely changed my life! I’ve connected with #Cysters from around the world, I met thousands of women learning to fall in love with their curves, and I’ve even created a business around connecting women and helping them live their dream despite their circumstance!
Learn more about my business, Ditch the Clique here!
I guess what I’m trying to say is your struggles and vulnerability are not weaknesses. Your struggles and vulnerability are your POWER! REMEMBER, you (and the right people) will always love the REAL you.
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