Mole Antonelliana gets Teal!

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We have taken action. Discussing, exchanging point of views, sharing experiences is not enough: women who suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome need to raise their voices, they are asking for attention. And LotusflowerPCOS has done it.

I am writing these words from Orlando, Florida: it is the day before the annual event which is held every year by PCOS Challenge to make the PCOS patients’ needs closer to the specialists’ attention and I will bring my own experience as Italian nutritionist. I remind you that PCOS Challenge is the most important PCOS women association in the US (in my opinion, in the world).

September has been established as PCOS Awareness Month: the whole month is dedicated to increase the awareness and the knowledge of this quite neglected syndrome. Some monuments in several cities around the world get teal, conferences are held, and new projects are launched.

And in Italy? Sasha Ottey, the founder of PCOS Challenge asked me what place in Italy could represent all the women who want to change their condition of neglected and unheard patients? I thought about it for a few days and then I came up with this idea: let’s light up the Mole Antonelliana in Turin! It is one of the most beautiful moments in the city and I have seen its lights every night since I was a child.  

I have made hundreds of phone calls, I have filled in countless documents, I have dealt with every single detail, a lot of stress, but eventually I have succeeded: The Mole is lighting up, color teal, of course, on the 30th September. I do want to thank all my staff for their support and commitment, and all the women who understood the importance of my project and helped me to make it real.

We have worked hard- it is the first day in Italy completely dedicated to the women who suffer from the polycystic ovary syndrome. Great, isn’t it? But it was not enough: The City of Turin and its forward-looking and sensitive Municipality will support the event.

I will be there (via Montebello 60) with all the women of my staff from 6 pm on September, 30th. I will answer your questions, I’ll explain what PCOS is, and, most of all I will listen to your experiences. We can do a lot together.

That’s more. We will give away teal ribbons, bands and postcards as a memory of the event (my parents have been working about that for days). And at 6pm a flash mob: we will dance “Think” by Aretha Franklin, that’s a way to feel closer and closer. We want to speak with only one voice and move with only one body to express a feeling of understanding and mutual care.

Positive thinking are the key words: you can make a change in your life, it will be easier and less painful if we walk on together. We are going to do it next 30th September.

So, your friends and share it on the social media: l’hastag #PCOSAwarenessMonth e #laMoleVerde. Make your voice louder.

And then, don’t miss the even!

About Stefania Cattaneo

I am Stefania Cattaneo and I am a Nutritionist Biologist. I have always been fond of sports and nutrition most of all related to the women. I work in my private office near Turin, there I see every sort of patients with really different problems and needs. Actually, I mainly deal with sports people and women who suffer from hormonal ailment linked to the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. I'll do my best to widen your knowledge (and mine as well) about this hard, difficult awkward but fascinating topic: PCOS.

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