Welcome to the Personal Page of Raina Brown
Dear Friends and Family,
I first want to say thank you so much for taken the time to read my letter. As many of you know I suffer from an incurable illness called polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). For those of you that may have never heard of PCOS here is some facts about it. PCOS affects up to 15% of women and can lead to infertility, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and life-long complications. It is one of the most critical, underfunded, and neglected areas of health. Therefore I wanted to share my story with everyone so here it goes.
In 2007, I had moved away to NC for college and no matter what it seems as if I was always becoming sick. I was in and out of the hospital blood pressure going up and down more of going up then anything. No doctor could tell me what was going on. This had to be one of the worst feeling every to wake up in pain every day without knowing why. I moved back home to Georgia the summer of 2008 due to staying sick. One night I was in so much pain to where I was stuck in the fetal position.
The pain was unbearable all I could do is cry. My parents rushed me to the hospital and they took an ultra sound and come to find I had a huge cyst that had erupted on my ovaries. I had other cysts on there as well. Different tests were done and I was told that I have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Every day is a struggle and most people don’t understand that sometimes the different mood swings that come along with have PCOS can take a major toll on your body. Not to mention the body image issues that can arise due to the rapid weight gain from it as well. However, I may have PCOS but it doesn’t have me.
I hope that you can find it in your hearts to help me raise money for my favorite foundation that has helped me on a daily basics. I am excited to be participating in the 2017 Bolt for PCOS 5K Run/ Walk on Sunday, September 17th at Georgia Tech. I hope you can join me for this event. It’s okay if you can’t donate or come and participate in the Bolt 5K I just ask that you get the word out that there is help for those that have PCOS and that they are never and I mean never alone.
I hope to see you at the bolt 5K for PCOS.
You can help in two ways:
1. Join me by participating in the 2017 Bolt for PCOS Run/Walk.
2. Help me reach my goal by making a donation to my fundraising page.
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