A woman has revealed how she was bullied by cruel kids at school because of her excessive hair growth, due to a health condition.
Samantha Allen, 28, from New York, was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) at a young age as well as hirsutism (excessive hair growth).
She recalls how her childhood bullies called her ‘Chewbacca’ after her Star Wars character.
Samantha started shaving her legs at the age of 8, and by the time she was 11, she had grown lots of hair on other areas of her body, including her face.
PCOS is a condition some women have that affects the way the ovaries work. It causes the ovaries to become larger than normal and forms cysts around the ovaries.
This condition affects about 1 in 10 women of childbearing age and symptoms of this condition include; “irregular periods, weight gain, hair loss, oily skin and acne.”
“I was bullied throughout middle and high school,” says Samantha.
“I don’t even know half of the people who bully me and I’m sure I don’t know them.
“However, once it started, more and more people started getting involved in it, including close family members.”
In addition to excessive hair growth, Samantha also struggled with weight gain caused by PCOS.
This eventually resulted in her developing multiple organ failure and being hospitalized in the emergency room.
The incident proved Sam’s wake-up call and she began to see specialist surgeons to advise them on weight loss surgery immediately.
Samantha added: “When you’re overweight, people subconsciously comment on it.
“I always get people trying to tell me how to lose weight effectively, what drugs I should take for PCOS because their sister/cousin/best friend, mother/anyone has it .
“Although PCOS is different in every woman that includes their symptoms and what works or doesn’t work for their body.”
Samantha had weight loss surgery in August 2019 and two years later she is expecting her first child.
She said she was surprised and worried because with PCOS it can be extremely difficult to conceive but she said she had a normal pregnancy.
Samantha shared her journey on Instagram and found support in the community of women sharing their experiences with PCOS.
“At first, I consulted an expert and asked a million questions.
“But I’m not in the pre-labor stage of this pregnancy with no complications and couldn’t be happier.” She exclaimed.
Despite this, Samantha still trolls comments on her Instagram; “I’ve been left with hateful comments about my pictures or left with nauseating emojis when I see pictures of my body hair.
“I don’t let it bother me because I often get private messages from women sharing their stories about PCOS.
“I’ve had many women claim I’m brave and seeing my photos and stories out there helps them on their journey as well.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/4493862/called-chewbacca-school-bullies-pcos-hirsutism-medical-condition/ I was called Chewbacca by school bullies after my health condition forced me to shave my entire body at the age of eight.