It all started in my 4th year of university. It had probably begun nearly 10 years earlier, but that was when I first began to be alerted to the fact that something was seriously wrong.
Though my cycle had always been erratic, it seemed to be getting worse. When I went through a period of 6 months with absolutely no cycle at all, a friend finally brought it to my attention that it just wasn't normal, and I needed to see a doctor. I was oblivious to the needs and concerns of my body back at that time, but I thought sure, I'll go. No big deal.
My family doctor ran some blood tests on me and then referred me to an OB-GYN for more testing. Following more bloodwork, a lengthy personal history, an ultrasound and a physical exam, she shared the news with me. I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
When I asked what it meant, she handed me a little brochure on the topic, told me I'd need to be on birth control pills most of my life, and that I could come see her when I wanted to try to get pregnant.
Stunned, I asked what I could do about it. Surely, I could change my eating, my lifestyle, I could exercise more! Something!
She flatly said that no, there was nothing I could do about it. It was just the way my body was, and I needed to deal with it, she stated emphatically, as she scribbled a prescription for the pills.
I left saddened, but also infuriated and impassioned. I went back to the university and straight to the office of our on-campus nurse, and told her the news. She agreed, sympathetically at least, that it was a challenging diagnosis, but that there was much I could do to help my body become healthier. She took a few women's health books off of her shelf and began to photocopy. I left with a large stack of papers, focused mainly on the basics of nutrition, and what a women's body needs to function well.
It was the beginning of my journey into natural health, nourishing foods and believing that I actually had a role to play in stewarding the health and well being of my body. God is still sovereign, and disease and death are inevitable aspects of living in a sinful world. But, He does not leave us hopeless or without the ability to pursue greater health.
More to come…