As many of you know Verity is run entirely by volunteers as we do not get the funds to have any paid members of staff. Every penny that you spend with us or raise for us either covers the costs of postage, information production, conference costs, website running costs, etc. The list goes on. That’s why it’s great when we get stories like the below, of people who have decided to give back and help us out.
If you’d like to get involved with fundraising or are already signed up then please let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org
Loryn – Lincoln 10k
I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome back in 2012 and for two years it didn’t bother me, except for the mind numbingly painful periods, that is! I seemed to be getting on fine with my diagnosis until 2014. At 22, I had just left university and the world was my oyster.
I’ve always been a self-conscious person and so when the hair started to grow on my neck and chin, I became very unhappy. I was diagnosed with depression in early 2015 and sent to a women’s health specialist, where I broke down in tears at the thought of having a beard. That confidence I once had vanished; I started having panic attacks when trying to leave the house and I would refuse to take my scarves off even as the seasons began to change.
I’m much happier now, having found support from the doctor who helped me realise I’m not alone. I’ve started electrolysis treatment on my hairs and slowly it’s taking effect.
I started running early in 2015 to try and combat my depression and I’ve been legging it ever since! When the Lincoln 10K came up, I knew there was only one group I wanted to raise money for: Verity. That lovely doctor had recommended Verity to me during my struggles and I found solace in the kind words from other women who had side effects far worse than mine.
Race day came and I finished the run in 1:28:38 raising £145 for Verity. I know it’s not much but my goal was to raise awareness which I can happily say was a success. Every person who donated enquired about PCOS and so I told them my tale. Thank you Verity for supporting me in my achievement!
Rachel – Hackney Half Marathon