• JP Epperson

Let's Talk PCOS!

Switching it up a bit today. I've been having a lot of health issues over the past several months – some issues for the last year. I've been so overwhelmed with work, family, life in general that I was struggling to keep up with everything. Then, in the last year I started struggling with health issues. Book 2, Beautiful Betrayal, was supposed to be released this month but I'm very behind. It will likely be June or July at this point. I'm sorry. I am disappointed but sometimes life just throws you curveballs.

Constant stress and anxiety kept me from focusing. I was in a depressed state. There were periods in which I cried at some point every single day for weeks at a time. I couldn't understand it. I felt like I had postpartum again – except my babies were 7 and 5. I was exhausted mentally and emotionally. Then physically I started changing too. I was gaining weight, a lot, and quickly. No matter what I did the number on the scale just kept climbing. My face broke out, badly...and stayed that way. Again, everything I tried...failed. It got to the point that I wouldn't take pictures and I dreaded going out in public. My hair felt like it was thinning. It was one thing after another.

I didn't tell anyone about my struggles. Not my family or my closest friends. I couldn't understand what was going on with me so how could I explain it to anyone else.

It's been a long and tiring road to find the cause of my issues. The problem was I kept trying to find the source of each individual symptom not realizing they were all connected. On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, I finally got my diagnosis: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

From "Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age. Infertility is one of the most common PCOS symptoms. Because the symptoms of PCOS are seemingly unrelated to one another, the condition is often overlooked and undiagnosed."

After researching nonstop since Wednesday, I now realize PCOS is probably the reason it took me two years to get pregnant with my first child. I don't know why my symptoms escalated in the last year or so but I hit my 30’s last year. So, I suppose age may be a contributing factor. Whatever the case may be, this week I begin my journey with PCOS treatment.

I’m sorry that I don’t have a better update about Beautiful Betrayal but I promise it is on its way. I hope you can wait it out.

xoxo - JP


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