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Women of PCOS Challenge

Green Team

PCOS Challenge Amanda
Amanda
Age 25
Background:
Amanda grew up on a farm in Michigan. She is married to her husband, Joe, and works as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Her biggest long term health concern is that she has a family history of type 2 diabetes and wants to prevent it from happening to her. Though she struggles with weight gain, her biggest obstacle with getting healthier is lack of motivation. She has been having difficulty conceiving a child, and hopes to lose weight during the PCOS Challenge and to successfully conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy.

PCOS Challenge Brandy
Brandy
Age 28
Background:
Brandy is a Program Associate for a nonprofit organization. The PCOS symptom that has the biggest impact on her is excessive hair growth on her face and body. She also deals with extreme PMS symptoms as well as depression and anxiety. Brandy describes her biggest obstacles to conquering PCOS as self-esteem and body image issues and she struggles with emotional eating. Over the past two years, Brandy lost approximately 60 pounds by making some lifestyle changes, but still feels that she needs to shed a few more to reach her goal. However, her overall goal during the PCOS Challenge is just to feel healthy and learn how to better manage the hirsutism. Though Brandy is currently single, she is concerned about her fertility and would like to do everything in her power to get her body in balance so that she can conceive some day.

PCOS Challenge Charmaine
Charmaine
Age 31
Background:
Charmaine has a very busy schedule as a full-time nutrition student and Director at her place of employment. She decided to take her health into her own hands after having multiple bad experiences with doctors who didn’t know how to help her. As frustrating as her prolonged, heavy periods and weight gain were to her, they seemed to frustrate her doctors even more as they advised her to go on a liquid diet for a few months, and to get a hysterectomy. Charmaine is concerned about her overall health, weight gain, and infertility. She would like to lose weight, and extend her family with her husband, Rick. One of Charmaine’s major goals for the PCOS Challenge is to empower and encourage other women and girls who are dealing with PCOS to take control of their own lives.

PCOS Challenge Maxine
Maxine
Age 26
Background:
Maxine is married to her sweetheart, Jonathan. She is a Sexual Health Educator who works with women and girls. The PCOS symptoms that have the biggest impact on Maxine are infertility and weight gain. Though she appreciates her fuller figure, she understands that weight loss may help her to reach her goal of conceiving. Her biggest obstacles are the types of food that she eats and the fact that she has never exercised regularly. However, her plan is to make the changes necessary to get healthy and beat PCOS.

PCOS Challenge Rishawna
Rishawna
Age 31
Background:
Rishawna is a graphic designer. The PCOS symptoms with biggest impact on her are hirsutism and weight gain which can sometimes severely affect her self-esteem and body image. She has long term concern about her overall health, but would also like to learn how to deal with the physical symptoms of PCOS. Rishawna has spent a lot of money and have exhausted her funds in the pursuit of relief from PCOS symptoms, but to no avail. Her PCOS Challenge goal is to lose weight and feel healthier and better about herself.

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Purple Team

PCOS Challenge Alice
Alice
Age 37
Background:
Alice is a professional nanny living in the suburbs of Washington, DC. The PCOS symptom that has the biggest impact on her life is rapid and stubborn weight gain. Alice’s motivation for participating in the PCOS Challenge is her concern about her overall health and her desire to watch her unborn niece or nephew grow up. Her biggest obstacles are self-esteem and body image issues and lack of motivation. She hopes that she will gain the necessary skills over the 13-weeks of the PCOS Challenge to lose weight and feel healthier.

PCOS Challenge Audrey
Audrey
Age 26
Background:
Audrey is a technical writer from Morgantown, West Virginia. Though she usually has a bubbly personality, Audrey struggles with moodiness and depression. Coupled with weight gain and emotional eating, Audrey often feels that her weight and health are spiraling out of control. She is also concerned about the state of her marriage to her husband, Aaron and feels guilty about the impact that PCOS also has on him. She desperately wants to lose weight, feel more emotionally stable, get her emotional eating under control, and get pregnant and have the happy household that they had always imagined.

PCOS Challenge Jaumeiko
Jaumeiko
Age 33
Background:
Jaumeiko is a Speech-Language Pathologist. Her biggest PCOS symptom is hirsutism – excessive hair growth on her face. Jaumeiko has undergone various hair removal treatments, and some were very painful and left scarring. She tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle because she is most concerned about the long-term effects of PCOS such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Her goal for the PCOS Challenge is to learn how to better manage the hirsutism and her overall health.

PCOS Challenge Jennifer
Jennifer
Age 28
Background:
Jennifer and her husband, Mark, have been trying to conceive for a while, and even had failed medical interventions. After dealing with much disappointment, Jennifer is gearing up for the next step – in vitro fertilization. She has been employing lifestyle modifications and wants to learn all that she can about how to restore her body’s health. Her overall goal for the PCOS Challenge is to prepare her body for a healthy pregnancy.

PCOS Challenge Naomi
Naomi
Age 33
Background:
Naomi is a stay-at-home mother of three children. Her youngest is under a year old, and she is still dealing with the effects of pregnancy on her body. Weight gain and depression and anxiety are her biggest struggles with PCOS. Her long term fear with PCOS is developing type 2 diabetes, and is highly motivated to work hard, especially with her doctor recently telling her that her glucose numbers qualifying her to be diabetic. She works out regularly, but her weight loss has plateaued and she is looking for ways to get back on track.

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