What a Weekend! Met my Kindred Spirit at PCOS Symposium!
I had the lucky chance to go to Atlanta, Georgia this weekend to check out the PCOS Symposium put on by PCOS Challenge. For me it was phenomenal for so many reasons – the best of course is that I got to meet one of my all-time favorite patient advocates and a true hero in my eyes – Sasha Ottey!
Thanks to the internet and social media, we live in an age where we can make friends with people all over the world and yet never meet them. This weekend I finally got to meet my kindred spirit – Sasha!
Sasha is a one-woman powerhouse – bringing awareness to one of the most misunderstood women’s health issues – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is the leading endocrine disorder among reproductive women and the number one cause of infertility. This life-long syndrome 10 – 15% of women & girls (depending upon which diagnostic criteria is used). Having PCOS puts women at a severely high risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Here’s one of the saddest part of all: With all of the complexities, emotional and physical suffering in women and their families – PCOS receives less than 0.1% of NIH research funding.
I learned so much about PCOS at the Symposium and I think everyone else must have too – it was information overload! It impressed me that there were people who travelled far and wide to attend. Costa Rica, Calgary and all over the USA, husbands came with their wives, mothers with daughters and i even saw families there together! The experts that shared the latest research, the controversies and the different approaches to diagnosing and treating PCOS was simply phenomenal – everything from pharmaceuticals to genetics and hair removal and everything in between! If you can manage to make it to one of these PCOS Symposia I would highly recommend it. And please, please help spread PCOS awareness where ever you go, wherever you can – I guarantee women with PCOS will appreciate it.
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