You never know what a person is battling!
Recently Keke Palmer opened up about living with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and the challenges she faces.
According to Palmer, PCOS attacked her body from the inside out, and the end result, debilitating acne. Doctors struggled to diagnose her and one even recommended a vaccine as treatment.
Unfortunately, she had to do the homework on her own. She tracked down family history and this led to her true diagnosis.
“For me, my platform has always been used for things much greater than me,” wrote the actress in an Instagram caption. “Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome has been attacking me from the inside out my entire life and I had no idea. My acne has been so bad that people in my field offered to pay for me to get it fixed. I tried EVERYTHING. I did Accutane TWICE. People say drink water, have a better diet, but I did all that, I ate all the “right” things, my blood tests were fine. But it took ME taking a personal look into my family that has a history of diabetes and obesity, to understand what was ACTUALLY happening with me.”
“Unfortunately, doctors are people and if you don’t “look the part” they may not think that’s your problem. They may not even suggest it if you “look healthy” whatever that means! I came to a doctor in tears once and all they offered was a measles vaccine… Exactly” continued the “Star” actress.
She says that the only way that we can save ourselves sometimes is to just do the work ourselves.
“I’m posting this to say that it’s okay and we can help ourselves. My skin has made me sad many nights but I do not give up on myself,” she continued. “I know this is not me and my body has been looking for help. I do not have a medical degree but I did the research and took what I learned to a doctor and that led them to a proper diagnosis. I’m not saying trust web md for everything haha but what I am saying is no one can help us like we can help ourselves.”
Watch her full moment of transparency below:
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We see you Keke and we appreciate your bravery and using your story to help others!
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