A Lea mum is walking 100 miles with her baby during September to raise awareness of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).Advertisement
Laura Faulkner runs the Lancashire group of the UK’s only PCOS charity Verity. The group is described as a safe place for sufferers to support each other, learn more about their condition, and share advice on coping with symptoms.
Laura completed her first walk of the challenge with a 4.5 mile walk around Haslam Park on Tuesday (1 September).
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She said: “I was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 17, and was told I would never have children of my own.
“I’m now 33 and have been blessed with two daughters. As an ambassador for Verity I share my own experiences and inform women not to give up on their dreams of motherhood.
“Having PCOS and fertility problems doesn’t automatically mean that you won’t have your own children.”
PCOS is caused by an underlying hormone imbalance, and affects around one in ten people. It is one of the leading causes of fertility problems. If not managed properly, the condition can lead to additional health problems later in life.
Laura’s self-help group offers help and advice on the various symptoms of PCOS.
Laura said: “Verity also supports women with other symptoms such as irregular periods, depression, acne, excess facial hair and weight loss.
“Women find a lot of comfort in our group, which in turn boosts their confidence and self-esteem.”
As well as increasing awareness of PCOS, Laura is aiming to raise money for Verity through her JustGiving page.
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