I am a strong believer that in life we are set challenges and obsicals that sometimes challenge us both physically and mentally.
Throughout my life I have always fluctuated with my weight, which for us women can be normal. I noticed it more so when I started my first year at high school. I remember on my first day at high school being teased and bullied, which for a young girl can be very hard especially when you’re trying to fit with all the others and trying to make new friends. During this time my self-confidence hit rock bottom because of it. Although this was going on I tried my best to put on a brave face each day to move forward.
During this time I tried various different diets and lost weight, sought medical advice from my doctor and even went to a dietician to help me. It was not until many years later once I had left school and was referred to a specialist that I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
For those who are unaware of what the condition is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is a complex condition in which a woman’s ovaries are generally bigger than average. Up to a third of women may have polycystic ovaries seen on an ultrasound, but they do not all have PCOS. When explained by my doctor that one of the symptoms from the condition is weight gain, I was able to deal with and make the necessary lifestyle changes to accommodate my condition.
Amanda Ogden is from Sydney Australia, and has spent the past 13 years working within the welfare industry in both administration and case management assisting people with mental health issues, mild intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, drug & alcohol, homelessness gain employment. She also loves travelling, creating jewellery, music, friends and family.