Fabulous Fundraisers!

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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 fundraising@verity-pcos.org.uk

Loryn – Lincoln 10k
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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

rachel gohAt the age of 23, after months without a period; hormonal acne; weight gain and forever feeling tired I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I was brutally advised by my rather unsympathetic G.P. that ‘there is no cure, it was unlikely I’d be able to have children and to refer to the internet for help’. I felt so alone and hopeless, and the symptoms really did damage my self esteem, whilst wreaking havoc on my emotions. Five years on, I am pleased to share that I am stronger emotionally, physically and happier than I ever was pre PCOS. It has been a tough journey where I have had to overhaul my life to restore my health and happiness but the rewards are worth it.
Let’s face it, PCOS sucks! However, you can manage the symptoms and still live the life you want. My multi-pronged approach entails a healthy balanced diet (wholemeal…need I say more), regular exercise (Yoga, gym and running are my go tos but I try to keep it fun with rock climbing and snowboarding too), medication, supplements and managing my stress levels. By educating myself on how to truly take care of my body I have achieved much more than I ever thought possible and recently participated in the Vitalitylife Hackney Half Marathon where I helped raise £400.00 for Verity – a lifeline for me when I was diagnosed – by running 13.1 miles. PCOS is frightening but more women than you know are affected so remember you are not alone and you can better your situation using nutrition, exercise and mindfulness. Hopefully my story inspires you to believe things can get better. Good luck ladies!