Hi y’all my name is Mollie Bond, I’m a freshman at The University of Arkansas (currently) pursuing a major in journalism, and finding my way through school. I started this blog as a way to spread what I’ve learned as a PCOS patient with my fellow cysters, but I have since transformed it into a way I can practice my writing and share what I’m passionate about.
I began my career at The University of Arkansas as a nutrition and dietetics major but after my first semester I realized that nutrition was not what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Although nutrition will always be an important factor in my life as I continue to figure out how to manage PCOS, I do not want it to be my whole life. I have dreamed of writing since I was a young kid but as I’ve “grown up” my future in writing has been, in a way, scared out of me. Because writing is a job that is not seen as lucrative and hard to make a career out of, I hid my writing passions and convinced myself that nutrition was the major for me. When I said my major was nutrition, adults smiled and praised me, if I said writing, concern and worry crossed their faces as they tried to tell me that there are other majors and that writing is hard. Thank you for the concern, but I am already aware. My first semester here as a nutrition major was the first semester I’ve had since first grade without an English class, and I missed it. Deep in my heart, I missed English more than anything. I’ve never been a science student, and though I’ve made fine grades in high school in difficult science classes, it never came easy the way English does. As I sat, trying to make sense of my Chemistry notes, I found myself grasping at any chance I had to interact with writing. I found myself editing peers’ essays and writing in journals, even reading the newspapers, anything that meant I could be with words again. I realized that writing is a part of who I am as much as the hair on my head and the color of my eyes. God gave me a gift in writing and rather than act on it, develop it and train it, I hid it away, worst of all, I ignored it. I realized I could not go on like this, I needed the challenge of English classes and to soothe the ache in my heart I had for writing. I went back and forth on the idea of becoming a writer and on my birthday, as I blew out my candles, I found myself wishing to write. That night I prayed to God and since that night I have been overwhelmed with signs from above, that I was making the right choice. So many opportunities and chances have presented themselves to me since deciding to pursue writing and I thank God every day for allowing me to do what I love and to use the gifts He’s given me.
As for my PCOS journey, I was diagnosed in October of 2016 and I was scared, confused, and angry. This was mainly because I knew nothing about PCOS, all I knew was that I was different from other girls my age and that’s not exactly what a high school teenage girl wants to hear. I’m here to tell you that PCOS doesn’t have to be scary. You are not predestined to a life of obesity and messy symptoms, you are not alone. If you look around you’ll find (like I did) that there are thousands of women around the world who are struggling and fighting the same battles you are everyday as a PCOS cyster. PCOS does not predestine you to a life of obesity, but that being said, PCOS doesn’t make it easy to lose weight.You can be fit and healthy while having PCOS you just have to work for it, like everything in life. No, it is not fair that others can eat whatever sugary foods they want and not gain the weight that you do, that your metabolism is slower than others, that you’re “different” than other girls, but I’m a strong believer that God does not give us any burden that he does not feel we are strong enough to handle. Being a PCOS cyster does not only mean you have been diagnosed with PCOS but that God believes you are a strong enough woman to be able to handle it, so keep your head up and your outlook positive 🙂 As I said, I am a senior in high school. I am not a registered dietitian or nutritionist, though I hope to be, all of my advice, tips, and recipes are simply things that I have learned from my PCOS journey or research I have done on my own. My goal is to help women who struggle, like myself, with PCOS, but I believe this site is helpful for any woman looking to get fit or focus on their nutrition. Though it is targeted for PCOS woman, I hope that this site will find anyone that is struggling or who wishes to better themselves and help inspire them to do the daily grind it takes to be fit. I’m new to the whole blog thing but my dream is to become a registered dietician and run a nutrition blog for real so this is just me trying to get some practice in before college. I hope you all enjoy my blog! Feel free to drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions, comments, or concerns, I would love to help. Thanks so much for visiting my page!