My name is Brianna Young. I am a Christian, I love to travel and I have been a girl scout for going on fourteen years, now. I have a simple dream of becoming a journalist, a wife and a mother. But those closest to me know that one of the most interesting things about me is that I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Diagnosed at the age of 15, I have since learned that I must take care of myself if I ever want to have children. My doctors have made it clear that becoming pregnant will be complicated (if not dangerous) and if I am successful in conceiving a child, it will be considered a high risk pregnancy. Being extremely open about my condition, I don’t say all this to garner pity, but to make others aware of what PCOS does to ten percent of the female population.
After years of research, I am on a journey to make my case a successful one. I want to be a mother (without the burden of loss or extreme pain along the way), I want to be healthy so that my legacy is not defined by PCOS, but in spite of it.
That being said, I made the decision in September to make a radical change in my life and have since adhered to a gluten free diet. Going gluten free may be considered among many to be a fad diet, but it has been shown to make a positive difference in women with PCOS. I wish to make it clear that I have not made this change to lose weight, as it is not considered to actually work that way. Rather, the protein gluten is said to negatively effect the hormones of a woman with PCOS. That is my reason for this change.
Ultimately, I am preparing for the time I become a mother and the best way to do so is to make myself as healthy as possible.
I hope that those reading can gain some understanding from my own journey and learn that being gluten free is not as difficult as one would think. This blog will be used to document my experiences as a woman with PCOS, as well as log my journey through my gluten free diet.
To those also suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, I hope that this blog will serve as a source of comfort and hope.
Welcome to my story!