I wasn’t diagnosed with PCOS until October 2017. However, I’ve felt like I have exhibited symptoms since about the age of 13. Shortly after I started my first menstrual cycle at age 13 I started to show symptoms. After my first menstural cycle I did not have another cycle until a year later. My periods remained irregular until I was officially diagnosed with PCOS. In middle school I begin to have issues with hirsutism. It continued to worsen as time went by. When I entered high school I was very insecure due my Pcos symptoms. I began to research my symptoms, because I didn’t feel “normal” in comparison to my other teenage girls. Through research I came across polycystic ovarian syndrome. My insecurities continued to mount. I wouldn’t talk openly about my symptoms to no one including my parents. I wouldn’t even date in high school due to being insecure. I felt like I couldn’t live like a normal teenage. I felt like no one was dealing or could understand what I was going through. I didn’t get the courage to talk about my symptoms until I was 18. My doctor at the time wasn’t much help. My doctor at the time didn’t even tell me I had a small cyst on my ovary. This I didn’t find out until years later. I have found ways to deal with my symptoms over time. I still have issues with hirsutism to this day. But through regular exercise my confidence has been boosted. Thanks to loving supported parents I have also learned how to face my challenges head on. I currently take metformin and birth control pills. But I am looking forward to start a journey to naturally healing my body. Since my official pcos diagnosis I have lost over 50 pounds through working out and healthier eating. I follow no specific diet. Everything is about making a simple commitment to taking care of my body, as well as exercising self-love daily! Im grateful for all platforms for women to come together and get educated on the topic of PCOS!