Interview with Rebekah Raines

Interview with Rebekah Raines

Robin Nielsen:
Hello and welcome. This is Robin Nielsen and we are celebrating PCOS Awareness Month, all month long and especially this week with some very special guests to inspire us to become the CEO, the chief executive officer of our own health, to take charge, to get to know our bodies better and to really, really rock our health and our lives. And the best way I know to do that is to hear from other women who are doing it right now as we speak. And today I have a very special guest, Rebekah Raines. Welcome Rebekah.

Rebekah Raines:
Hello. Thank you Robin.

Robin Nielsen:
So great to be here with you. So Rebekah actually is on the Insulite team, complete transparency here and we invited her to be part of the team a few years ago because she really was such an advocate for supporting women with PCOS. She’d seen incredible changes herself. She’s been working on this for years and years and years since she was a teenager and she’s going to share with us how her journey has gone, what she’s noticed kind of some of her struggles. And then we’ll give you some pointers on how you can take charge right now to feel so much better. So, Rebekah, I’d love for you to start way back when you started noticing some things just weren’t right. So give us some real specifics. Like how old were you, what symptoms were you noticing and how your mom really like supported you to figure this out?

Rebekah Raines:
Yes, I was 17 when I was diagnosed, so I started experiencing some symptoms probably two years before that. And I had crazy irregular menstruation from cycling every nine days to not having a period for a year, crazy mood swings, no energy, and then I started noticing coarse hair growth on my body. And those were like the key points that made me go, “Oh, something’s wrong here.”

Robin Nielsen:
Yeah. Okay. So, you had really crazy irregular menstrual cycles, really horrible moods. I think you mentioned one more thing. What was it?

Rebekah Raines:
Well, growing hair everywhere and acne. Over the years, I’ve experienced all the symptoms of PCOS with cystic acne, being so incredibly painful with hair falling out with, you know, no energy, just completely depleted to the point of not being able to get out of bed in the morning, just feeling like giving up on life. It’s not worth it anymore to keep going.

Robin Nielsen:
We were you noticing this when you were a teenager?

Rebekah Raines:
Oh yes. Yup, yup. A lot of severe symptoms of as a teenager and it, you know, caused some alarm in my mind and in my mom’s mind. Like you said, and she has been a huge advocate for taking charge of my health. And that was before we knew what to do and now we know what to do and we have a clear plan. So we’ve come a long way.

Robin Nielsen:
And so, how did your mom get involved and how did she help you figure this out and what did you guys do?

Rebekah Raines:
Well, we went the traditional medical route and tried various birth controls and different medica