Your Healthy Family

Aug 14, 2013 8:39 PM by Annie Snead

Your Healthy Family: Local woman losing weight after years of struggle

We told you about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, on Tuesday. To view that story click here.
It's a condition more common than diabetes, but most women don't know they have it.
One of the symptoms is weight gain, but one local woman is losing it.
Shannon Coker says despite doing all the right things - being active and eating right, she's been overweight since she was a kid.
But just two months ago she learned something that changed her life.
"Suffering so much ridicule my whole life, for various different reasons, both in school and even professionally and knowing that it's not me and that it's my body is incredibly empowering," said Coker.
She has always been active, pictures in her scrapbook show all the sports she was involved in, yet despite her efforts it's always been hard for her to lose weight. Now - she knows why and she's thankful.
"It's equally frustrating to know that I could have asked all these questions when I was a high schooler and maybe could have had a senior prom date," she said.
Three years ago Shannon was diagnosed with PCOS, recently a friend asked her if she had been tested for it or insulin resistance.
"I said no I haven't for the insulin resistance but I do have PCOS and that was two months to the date, and literally my life has been changed since," she said.
She came to see Dr. Steven Foley who specializes in caring for women with PCOS.
He explained insulin resistance leads your body to think it's starving. He gave her the tools she needed to lose weight.
In just two months she's lost 33 pounds, which he says is much more than average.
"Having lost 16 pounds in one month just based on what I'm eating is really exciting! I haven't even started working out yet so once i get to that point i know that this will certainly be something that will continue to happen," said Coker.
She's on a low carb - high protein diet, along with medication.
It's very strict, but for Shannon - obviously worth it.
"I've lived a pretty awesome life so far and knowing that I've been judged and been discriminated against and been bullied, sucks!"
"I still have a long journey ahead of me, I still have lots of pounds to lose but I hope that people know that despite anything be nice and be kind to people because you don't know what they're going through," she added.
Shannon also says that now she's going to be able to do things she never thought she'd be able to.
And we're going to continue to follow her as she loses the weight.

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