heart apnea

When he sleeps,
the snoring does not bother me:
the rhythmic growl, gravel shoved
across the sidewalk of his throat.

It is the grasping, desperate way
in which he takes in air–his gulping lungs
as if every dream is filled with water
and he is trying to inflate
the life jacket under his skin.

I babble in my sleep. He believes
I am trying to tell him how my heart works,
says he will translate the manual one day.
I want to ask him: am I the ocean?
Are you drowning in everything
I don’t say when I’m awake?

—  Sierra DeMulder, “Heart Apnea”
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Common causes of Heart Failure!

catloaf-boulangerie said: And what will they do? PCOS is not curable.

I don’t know exactly what they will do, but why doesn’t PCOS deserve recognition? It affects millions of people in multiple ways, and treatment is limited. There are many who can’t even get their health care provider’s to acknowledge PCOS and the symptoms they are suffering with. While there is no cure for PCOS, it still deserves to be recognized. To me, that is all the more reason people need to sign the petition. Just because there is no cure doesn’t mean the petition should be ignored. 

By raising awareness and bringing attention to PCOS, it will lead to (hopefully) further research, support, and acknowledgement from the government and medical field. It could increase chances of diagnosis–keep in mind most are not diagnosed (if at all) until–if–they seek fertility treatment to try and conceive. It can lead to earlier diagnosis, which would be beneficial for many people. If PCOS were acknowledged sooner and at a larger scale, I know many people, including myself, that would have been diagnosed at a younger age. There are many reasons why it should be recognized, but I’ll list three more:

  • PCOS affects 1 in 10 people (5-7 million of the population) with numbers increasing.
  • Less than 50% of people are diagnosed due to the lack of awareness and knowledge.
  • People living with the syndrome are at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, endometriosis, high blood pressure, and ovarian cancer if they do not take the proper steps or have the health care available to manage the condition.

Those of us living with PCOS have to be the voice of the syndrome, and this is why I highly encourage people to please sign the petition below. 

Recognize Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as a significant health concern demanding national attention and government support by signing the petition!