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9/9/08 12:25 A

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Thanks again, Bekah. I just found out that SP has a sister site for teens, so I had my daughter join that one, but there are no support teams on the teen site for PCOS.

Your encouragement is so much appreciated, but I have to admit that my daughter is not very active. She's very much into reading and drawing... not athletics. I'll have to talk to her about this and make her realize how important it is to stay more active. Although she doesn't officially "diet" she does try hard to only eat when she's hungry, and stop when she's satisfied. She doesn't always make the best choices, I'm afraid, but being a member of SP has enabled me to help her in that department.

I thought of trying to talk her into starting a team for this on the SP Teens web site, but I know she'll never do it. She's much too shy to lead a team. There isn't even a team for teenagers with medical issues. (I have to admit here that we fudged her age a bit so she could join SP. She's really only 14, but rest assured! She's very mature for her age, and frankly, I think she'd probably feel more comfortable talking to members here than on the teen site.)

Anyway, sorry for the long-winded post. Please allow me to thank you, once again, for putting up with me! She was going to get on and introduce herself tonight, but unfortunately ran out of time because of having quite a bit of homework this evening. Hopefully tomorrow!

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Edited by: TIGERLILLEE at: 9/9/2008 (00:24)
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9/8/08 9:04 A

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Sweetheart, the first step is to relax. By your daughter being diagnosed early, she has the chance to learn the healthy way to take care of her PCOS and get it under control so it won't cause her problems in the future. PCOS is CONTROLABLE! If she lives a healthy lifestyle with eating properly, keeping her weight down, and exercising, she won't have those problems. Women who have their PCOS under control live very healthy lifestyles with healthy children and many forget they have PCOS. You can help your daughter make it through this and please don't worry yourself too much. PCOS is not the end of the world. If anything, I've seen it as the ultimate motivation to live a better life. Let me know if I can help! Bekah

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TIGERLILLEE's Photo TIGERLILLEE Posts: 1,294
9/8/08 2:47 A

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Thank you for your quick replies and kind words. I checked out just one of the links that sweetorange included in the first post about this team, and I have to admit that I'm simply terrified. I had no idea how serious this could be. The doctor lead us to believe that it was very common and really not that big of a deal!

My daughter already has so many PCOS symptoms... excess hair growth, acne, irregular periods, skin discoloration, weight issues.... I can only imagine what her future may hold. I'm so ashamed to admit that I didn't do my research on this when she was diagnosed. The doctor really gave me no indication that I should. But infertility? Miscarriages for God's sake? CANCER! Oh my gosh, just how common are these things? And how do I know when my daughter is ready to talk seriously about them? Please help!

Edited by: TIGERLILLEE at: 9/8/2008 (02:46)
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BEKAH_LYNN's Photo BEKAH_LYNN Posts: 930
9/7/08 5:47 P

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No problem. All of us ladies are here for each other as well as family and friends who have loved ones with PCOS. We understand the trials and difficulties, but we also share the successes and happy moments. The best thing the two of you can do right now is to find out as much as you can about PCOS and get it under control while your daughter is still young. If she learns a healthy lifestyle with PCOS, she will be all the more better off in her future. There are several good book out there I recommend. They are "A Patient's Guide to PCOS" and "The Insulin Resistance Diet." I've had great success in losing weight with the information I found in these book. I know PCOS can be scary once you really start learning about it, but nothing is as scary as a unhealthy future. I'm more than happy to talk with people or help out, so let me know if there is anything I can do or answer for either of you! Good luck!

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9/7/08 4:05 P

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Welcome to you and your daughter. I am glad to hear they are diagnosing girls earlier. It would have saved me from a childhood of "roughness."

I don't know if there is anything you can say specifically. But having people to talk to who understand completely will be very helpful. And as hard as it might be don't let her hold everything in.

I didn't tell mom until I was in my 20s that kids made fun of me of my hairy toes and face. That I had a small chest and wasn't the "same." I just thought I was just stupid and different in a bad way.

Knowing something was wrong with my body that caused it would have probably made life different. Because I could have a name for it.

I am 31 now and I was diagnosed a year ago.

I wish you the best and you are such a good mommy for doing this with her. emoticon

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TIGERLILLEE's Photo TIGERLILLEE Posts: 1,294
9/7/08 3:23 P

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Hi there! My name is Alicia, and I have a teenage daughter that has this problem. It started at 11 years old when I took her to a dermatologist for acne. She's been through every kind of treatment there is, including Acutane, but as soon as she went off of it, they came back. I returned to the doctor, who had also noticed her abnormal body hair growth. When we discussed her irregular periods, he decided we should do some more testing to see if there wasn't a deeper issue.

Lo and behold, after a complete blood work up, he found that she has PolyCystic Ovary Disease (that's what he called it.) We followed up with our family doctor, who now wants her to see an endocronologist because of her weight and height issues. My poor daughter has enough self esteem issues as it is! What can I tell her to make her feel better about herself???

Since I found this team, I had her join SP so she can talk to others who share in this terrible thing. Hopefully she'll introduce herself soon.

Thanks for listening.

Edited by: TIGERLILLEE at: 9/7/2008 (15:24)
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