6 Months Later – August 2018

It has now approached the six month mark since I have written a post for this blog and I have now decided to update it with my current health status. It has been quite a long six months but at the same time it feels as though I just blinked and months have passed before my eyes in mere seconds. In any case, I am here to update you on my current progress and how the last six months has been.

I can officially say that it has now been two years and six months since I stopped taking the Yaz contraception pill and I can’t say it hasn’t crossed my mind more than a million times that I wish I could go back and tell my younger self to never take it to start with but considering I can’t achieve that ambition, I have just done my best to find positive moments in such a negative situation.

First thing is around March I believe it was, I started to feel that I was finally ready to find a new doctor and therapist. I just wasn’t achieving anything with my former doctor, partly due to the fact I wasn’t ready, nor could I cope at all with the visits to see her. However, I found a doctor closer to home and really feel like I hit the jackpot with her as she is extremely thorough and while I panic, holding my dads hand while getting blood tests, I have been motivated to check my body over thoroughly.

It wasn’t really a surprise but I was so low in Vitamin D that I was instantly put on tablets to help get my levels back up and have found since, that I have slowly been able to go outside and actually enjoy my time out there while soaking in some extra rays.

This new doctors, well six months doctor I have now had has been great, she has listened to my theories about Yaz, she even read the pile of information that I gave her that had not only documented my experience but also included research I had found about it over the last few years which was extremely heart warming.

She has also been testing me for a variety of different illnesses, to mainly rule out all other possibilities and to make sure there isn’t anything else going on inside my body, due to the result of being on Yaz and to make sure there isn’t anything else that can be done to make me feel better.

I have also started seeing a new therapist, I have seen her a few times and have more appointments lined up to help get on top of my anxiety and other issues that have arisen from the last few years of misery. It was to my surprise and I suppose understanding when I think about the last few years that I discovered that I am also suffering from PTSD (post traumatic stress) and some social anxiety.    It never occurred to me that I could be suffering from PTSD, I know that I have been through hell and am amazed at times that I survived it but it was sort of mind blowing because it seemed amazing to me that it could happen from that situation. It makes sense though now that I have had time to process it but seriously, wow.

Now, onto my body and not just how my mind is doing is where we come across the subject of weight loss. Now if you have read my older posts, you will know that I put on a lot of weight (20kg) over the first few months after I stopped taking yaz and have found it almost impossible to loose the weight. Well, while that is still the case for the most part. I am starting to notice a lot more tightening going on. I haven’t looked at a scale for a few months because it was soul crushing every time I looked at the non moving scale. I am still doing 60 minutes on the treadmill and am now slowly introducing new exercises and stretches focused around my midsection to hopefully encourage some weight loss or toning. One can only hope, right. It is such a huge thing to me and really hard to get past as I want to be healthy and comfortable in my own skin. I don’t need to be a pile of bones but I would like to be near the healthy weight for my body type and height. It has been something that I have struggled with and has given me a healthy respect for those who are overweight, because you just never know when is going on in their lives or their bodies so kindness, we need to be kind to others and we really need to be kind to ourselves. I am still working on that but do hope to see a little weight loss in the coming months but all I can do is continue to exercise, eat healthy, work on my mental health and hope for the best.

So to finish off this post, I am getting better and healthier but like this entire situation, it is just going to take time. How much time, well I have no idea but at least there is a future where I am going to be healthy, happy and finally living the life I have been dreaming off. I will update this blog with another post perhaps in another six months,

Sincerely,

Jess

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