Me on the right with Jackie and Caroline my walking pals
(Ed. Summary: Dionne consumes a low GI diet and exercises daily. In a 38 mile walk competition with 1,500 people, she came in first! An inspiring story!)
My name is Dionne Free, I'm 39 years old, I live in the United Kingdom. Two years ago I was finally diagnosed with PCOS, although I had suspected it for a long time, I had to really put pressure on my doctor to send me for tests.
I have the symptoms of hirsutism, can get very painful spots and lack of menstruation, I have about 4-6 periods a year and mood swings.
I never realized like most that I had PCOS. I never used any precaution and was lucky to fall pregnant with my son naturally after 5 years.
I have been following a low GI diet for that 2 years, I also exercise every day. I do use a progesterone cream that I feel brilliant on.
My weight can go up and down and although I always have a pot belly, I accept that it will always be there, the rest of my body is very athletic.
Last year I participated in a 38 mile walk (60 klm) which was held over a weekend, I came 1st out of 1,500 people. This year I participated in a 27.3 walk (44klm) and came in 1st again doing it in 6.5 hours.
The feeling was fantastic and just proves that if you are determined to fight against something that threatens to hold you back you can win your battle.
Editor's comments: This is an remarkable example of what a woman can accomplish with persistence and consistency. We cannot overemphasize the importance of regular exercise as a way to manage polycystic ovary syndrome symptoms, relieve depression, improve your self image, improve your overall health and longevity…and have some fun too!
The "GI diet" refers to a low Glycemic Index diet. You can learn more about the Glycemic Index at www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com/glycemic-index.html.
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