Before reading on, please click here now to read the full story about my journey to creating The 2019 PCOS Journal.
The 2019 PCOS Journal is a day planner and diary dated for the 2019 calendar year, designed specifically for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
The journal is an informative, inspiring, motivating space to gain knowledge about your options for treating PCOS and to manage and track your symptoms, treatments, fertility, appointments and daily life. It is a support tool for all women with PCOS, no matter what treatment they are using or what journey they are on.
Along with being a beautiful space to be motivated to take charge of your health, the journal is at its core a health record. The records you keep and the charts you fill in will be useful tools for you to reflect on and notice changes in your body and the effectiveness of your treatment choices. They will also be useful for you to show to any health practitioner you meet with so that you can better manage your PCOS.
In the wake of miscarrying our first child, I found myself knee deep in supplements, elixirs, diet plans and research in the desperate hope that I could cure my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), the likely cause of my miscarriage. I was traveling at the time so with all these treatments stuffed into my backpack...I quite literally rattled. I quickly realised that I was juggling so many treatments that I had no idea which treatment was effecting which symptom...I needed support and I needed some clarity! And I knew I wasn't the only one. That's when I began dreaming of a support tool that could help women with PCOS track, manage and understand their journey.
PCOS is a complex hormonal disorder and women are often managing multiple symptoms and multiple treatments all at once. And with roughly 10% of women having PCOS it is disappointing knowing that there are very few dedicated resources.
The 2019 PCOS Journal is designed specifically for these women. It doesn't matter what PCOS journey they are on, what treatment method they use, whether they are trying to conceive or not...The 2019 PCOS Journal is a support tool that complements any PCOS journey.
What will The 2019 PCOS Journal contain?
The journal will be beautifully designed on full colour, quality thick paper.
How did the Journal come about?
My name is Melissa Christie. I am an Australian woman with PCOS. The journey to creating The 2019 PCOS Journal sadly started with loss. Women with PCOS have about a 40% chance of experiencing miscarriage, almost double that of a woman without PCOS. In 2015 I miscarried my first child whilst traveling in India (you can hear my story about this here). My husband and I were devastated and throughout our grief I realised that there is so little out there to support women with PCOS and even less to help us manage it. Since then I have made it my goal to contribute to changing that. The 2019 PCOS Journal is the first support tool I have created to help us manage our PCOS and I am so hopeful that it is as helpful to you as I know it will be to me.
I am not a health practitioner but everything in the journal has been reviewed for accuracy by women who are - my advisory team includes practitioners of Western Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Yoga, Reiki, Kinesiology, Reflexology, massage, meditation, nutrition and Naturopathy.
Where are we up to?
My graphic designer Steph - from PAVO Designs - has conceptualised the design for every section of the journal and is ready to finish creating it. I have compiled all information for the journal and it is being reviewed by a team of incredibly talented health professionals, all of whom specialise in PCOS. The journal has been supported by many PCOS health professionals, organisations and bloggers - all of whom are excited by the project and are keen to help get the journal into your hands.
When will you see your rewards?
The digitally downloadable Symptoms and Treatments Tracking Chart and the 10 PCOS friendly Recipes will be available in June 2018 when their design is complete.
The 2019 PCOS Journal will be posted to you in September 2018 - PCOS Awareness Month. This is also nice timing for Christmas! The journal will make a really loving gift for yourself or for a friend or family member with PCOS.
Why do I need to crowd fund The 2019 PCOS Journal?
I am very happy to say that after the sad loss of our first child, we were able to conceive again and I am the happy stay at home mother of a little 1 year old boy. My husband has just recently started a small business and with our small income, the only way I can publish The 2019 PCOS Journal is by enabling people to pre-order the journal through this Kickstarter campaign. I actually think this is pretty cool and I totally thank whoever it was that invented crowdfunding. It means you can support the journal by pre-ordering it at a lower rate than what it will retail for when released and I can make the journal without financial risk to my new little family.
I have kept the Kickstarter goal to the absolute minimum. Below is a breakdown of exactly where the funding will be allocated.
I have kept the rewards simple as this is all about getting The 2019 PCOS Journal into your hands. I am offering the following rewards:
The digitally downloadable Symptom and Treatment Tracking Chart. This is a tool I am very proud of. Women with PCOS often have so many symptoms to manage and use so many treatment methods to try and alleviate them - from supplements, to diets, to yoga, to acupuncture. It can be hard to notice what exact treatment is working for what symptom. With this chart you will be able to track your PCOS symptoms and notice if a treatment you are using correlates to an improvement (or not) in any symptoms.
The digitally downloadable Recipe Collection. You will receive 10 PCOS friendly recipes from The 2019 PCOS Journal. These recipes will be Low GI, healthy, wholefood meals, tried, tested and written by me.
The 2019 PCOS Journal. You will receive one beautiful copy of The 2019 PCOS Journal.
Meet the team
Melissa Christie - Author
I am the founder of the PCOS Pathways Facebook page and blog and along with creating support tools for women with PCOS, I am passionate about sharing information about the many treatment options available to women with PCOS. I have been an event manager for many years and after hours, an aspiring writer. I am using these organisational and creative skills to compile The 2019 PCOS Journal.
I live in the hills of Northern NSW, Australia in a little hut with my husband and one year old son.
Stephanie Jones - Graphic Designer
Stephanie Jones from PAVO Henna Art and Graphic Design is a professional henna artist and graphic designer from the Mid North Coast region of NSW, Australia. Stephanie's passion is for henna art, print design and layout.
Our supporters and partners
I am proud to say that The 2019 PCOS Journal has been supported and partnered with by many incredible and talented health professionals, PCOS organisations and women with PCOS. Their contribution and support has allowed the journal to be more than I could ever have made it on my own.
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Risks and challenges
The risks for this project are:
1) Needing more time to finish the design of the journal. However we don't expect this issue to arise as our graphic designer has conceptualised most of the journal and has blocked more than enough time to finish design, which will begin as soon as we achieve our Kickstarter funding goal.
2) Needing more time to edit than anticipated. However we do not expect this issue to arise as all content is currently being reviewed for accuracy and we have asked for the reviewing to be completed by the end of the Kickstarter campaign. It will then be sent straight to the first of two rounds of editors. We have allocated double the time that the editors have assured us will be needed to complete the editing process.
3) Needing more time to print than anticipated. However we don't expect this issue to arise because our print deal has been brokered by a fellow Australian journal creator. She has used this print company for her journal for many years and she stays with them because she trusts them - they deliver, on time. We have been told 3 months is needed for the entire print and delivery process and we have allocated slightly more than this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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