Mel (1)I was someone who had it all. I was an active 28 year old, entrepreneur who loved life, travelling and socialising. I thought I was healthy and happy until my life started to unravel in September 2013, when I began developing awful Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) symptoms.

It felt as though my life was going down the tube in front of my eyes. I actually hid in my house for 2 to 3 months because I was so tired. My face and body broke out in severe acne and I gained 8 kilos. I had no clue as to what was happening.

I saw an Endocrinologist who did a few tests, offered no support and told me I had PCOS. My older cousin Leanne from Western Australia was diagnosed with PCOS many years ago. I remembered she was told she could never have children. I thought I was doomed. I was prescribed medications—antibiotics and Metformin, to regulate insulin resistance which was one cause of my PCOS.

Rather than helping however, the medications added a whole host of new issues. I was throwing up after eating and felt like death. I knew from this point that I had to take control of my life. I began researching PCOS for information about any lifestyle changes that I could make whilst I was house ridden for all those months.

At the time I was eating all the “healthy food” in the world and was spending ridiculous amounts on vitamins, the best organic foods, so I could not understand why my health was still declining. It was then I had an ‘aha’ moment when I began to understand that we actually need 2 types of food. We need primary food, which represents exercise, spirituality, career and relationships, just as much as we need our secondary foods, which is the actual food we put into our body.

And although I had always focused on eating well, I could see my primary foods; exercise, spirituality, career and relationship were out of balance. I realised I needed to focus on my health from a holistic point of view, rather than just diet. As soon as I began doing this, I started to reverse the hormone imbalances and the myriad of horrible symptoms that followed with my diagnosis with PCOS.

When I really spent time concentrating on myself, I started to understand the main reasons why I became sick. I was chasing other people’s dreams, I was unhappy with the direction I was taking in life, who I was and what I stood for. I had to pull back and work on myself personally, if I truly wanted happiness, love and better health. And I did just that.

Through healthy living, exercise and adopting the right lifestyle changes my symptoms became manageable and then finally disappeared. I now run a thriving Graphic Design company and have made it my mission to help other woman suffering from PCOS to get their lives back in balance.

You might ask, can simple tools such as new knowledge, balanced primary and secondary foods, a positive mindset, a supportive community and the right nutrition, really improve your life? IT CAN. I am living proof. PCOS symptoms reflect that SOMETHING is out of balance in your body, mind and/or spirit, largely due to what you are eating, thinking and/or how you treat yourself. By working on getting everything back in balance you can heal yourself. If I healed myself, you can too.

Melissa, Australia