As humans beings, we're quick to jump to conclusions. We see a broken car window, for example, and make assumptions about the car and its owner. We tend to be more critical of people, though, and let’s face it: our society has made us all hypercritical of women. So for women who suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) — a condition that can often cause women to have oily skin, deeper voices, and other “less desirable” traits — navigating daily life isn't always easy. Why? Because people don’t realize all the painful things women with PCOS deal with. Instead, they just assume, judge, and remain cruel and critical.
I have been struggling, to some degree, with hair loss for the past decade. But it wasn’t until more recently that the thinning became extremely noticeable. And while I am a proud feminist, and try to be as body-positive as I can be, it’s a shot to my self-esteem. I’ve only recently been diagnosed with PCOS, and even though it gave me answers to questions regarding my decade-long hair loss, my case is fairly atypical. But I have plenty of friends with PCOS who have endured the common symptoms, and between all of us, I know it can be hard.
People don’t always have mercy or show love and acceptance when us women don’t fit into a certain beauty mold or share a particular set of experiences our society has convinced us all are "normal." Hopefully some of those folks read the following and realize that judging a book by its cover isn't just wrong, it's hurtful.