With the Unwavering Support Of SoulCysters…

Hello everyone! Over the past few weeks, your stories really helped while my doctor has been (and is still) trying to find out everything going on!

In the seventh grade, I was teased for having a rather bad hairy upper lip. That was just the beginning!

In high school I had a pretty regular although very painful period. We didn’t question it since my mom also had that when she was younger. Late senior year I started gaining weight with no change in diet or change in activity. This awful patter continued through 2 1/2 years of college even though I ran 3 to 4 miles a day and lifted weights every day. I chalked it up to the freshmen 15 (ok 25).

When I move home for the last semester to do student teaching, I started a vicious cycle of over exercising and eating very little…but it worked and by the time I started teaching I was in the 120s (down from the 170s). The hair growth…well, was growing to parts where girls should not grow hair.

But I thought it was a family thing since both of my sisters have the problem and the oldest was told there was nothing they could do for it!

About 2 years ago, I started gaining weight, feeling awful, and my doctor told me my period (that I hadn’t had in 3 years) would come back on its own and there was nothing wrong with me (frankly, she made me feel crazy).

I finally got control of my weight after going gluten free…and I felt incredible, but I got down to a scary 110. It was one extreme or the other! When I realized I couldn’t be that small in a wedding dress, I started eating whatever and was a normal weight at my wedding.

And now I am here 5 years without a period and very hairy! I am excited to start on a journey that leads me back to feeling normal…and knowing that I am not crazy.

Thanks for letting me spew my story!

Want to connect with me? My name is ksugirl on the SoulCysters Message Board.

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