Woman who developed PCOS at age 15 grows out a full beard to embrace what she couldn't change
#1 PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects how the ovaries work
PCOS causes symptoms such as irregular periods, weight gain, excess hair growth, and infertility. This woman Alma Torres, from New York, developed this hormone condition when she was only 15. She got diagnosed with it three years later after she had a blood test.
Alma had a troubled childhood, in her high school days she found herself growing facial hair and was bullied by other kids.
#2 Alma shaved for the first time when she was 16, a year later after she developed PCOS
Now 27, Alma wrote;
I had never really noticed how people would make fun of my facial hair until a guidance counselor at school asked me if it bothered me – and suddenly I realized how many people would stare and whisper.
That changed everything for me. I shaved for the first time when I was 16, before my eighth-grade prom, and I continued to try to get rid of the hair for the next eight years.
#3 She was diagnosed with it at the age of 18. Alma describes it as ‘a real slap to the face’
Alma got very depressed when she got to know she might be infertile. She got insecure and tried to hide her beard by shaving, waxing and bleaching the hair.
She tried everything from laser hair removal to waxing and bleaching. At 19., she slowly started embracing her real self.
#4 Alma came across a social media star Harnaam Kaur with the same condition
When I was about 19, about a year after my diagnosis, I became an advocate for myself, because I had to. I really struggled to start with, and every time I would try to grow my beard out I would end up running to shave it off after a few days.
Alma did her research and came across a social media star who shows off her beard with pride to more than 150,000 followers. This changed Alma's perspective, it was a turning point for her.
Alma thought; : ‘She doesn’t care – if she can do it, surely I can too!’
#5 Five years after the diagnose, Alma finally got the courage to grow her beard
At first, Alma found it distressing when people looked at her and took photos but now she has learned to take it in her stride.
I had tried for so long to change how I looked, but I couldn’t. I grew to believe that I’m meant to be this way, so I stopped trying to change it.
At first, people would make cruel comments and it would really bring me down. I’d get very self-conscious when I would catch people taking pictures of me while they thought I wasn’t looking.
Now, I still get people taking pictures when I’m out and about, but it doesn’t bother me at all. I just turn and stare at them so they know I can see what they’re doing, and that I don’t care what they think of me.
Now, I’m more confident with my beard than I ever was without. Learning to accept my beard has been, without a doubt, the best thing I’ve ever done.
Alma has this amazing account on Instagram where she shows her journey to her followers. She started it in 2017 and now has a whopping 6,000 followers who are here to see her incredible journey. Alma told she didn't build this confidence overnight, instead, she took things one day at a time and now she is here.