NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPE. This is a story of a Super Hero trying to save the world one life at a time.
Many believe Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) to be just a hormonal disorder that affects the ovaries. But PCOS is more than that, it is an endocrine disorder. It affects all aspects of a woman’s life and Sophia Obani is one lady bringing about its awareness in Nigeria.
When asked about her motivation, she explained that since age 13 when she saw her first period, it has never been regular. It came one month on and one month off. And as she started advancing in age she began to have more gaps. Doctors kept saying it would normalize but it never did.
She recalled that her period stopped for about a year and two months. This was the trigger for her. She started browsing and reading a lot about the symptoms. This was when she came across Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
She later ran a test and found out she had a hormonal imbalance and cystic ovaries. This birthed the journey of Cysters in Nigeria.
Sophia Obani did more research on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome symptoms, how to cure PCOS permanently, first signs of PCOS, causes, symptoms, cure, and treatment diets, and many more. After intense research, she found out a lot of women suffer from this syndrome but are in total silence as they feel alone or ashamed. Some consider it a curse from the devil and even try to seek religious help. She believes 1 in every 5 women suffers from PCOS.
She had her first lecture about POS at Igbo-etche community in Rivers State in 2017 and also in Lagos in 2018.
After a lot of online campaigning, Cysters in Nigeria finally gained PCOS AWARENESS. This was a big deal for her because this is an awareness group comprising of advocates about PCOS around the world.
As expected, nobody takes up a project of this magnitude without challenges. Getting a team that shares the same vision is a major challenge for Sophia Obani.
She hopes to finally get the acceptance of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome as a core public health issue.
For now, she can only save the world one life at a time with the awareness of PCOS