Women who suffer from PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) know that a major side effect of the condition is excessive body hair. It's hard enough dealing with an illness that literally causes cysts to grow on your ovaries; it's even worse when you're expected to shave the crazy amounts of hair growing all over your body that you never asked for.

That's why one inspiring woman is embracing her body hair and nixing a razor altogether.

Jorgensen spent years being bullied for her condition, which resulted in hours spent shaving her entire body.

She revealed she was called a "man" as early as age 14 and began wearing full coverage clothes for over 13 years to hide her entire body.

“I felt ashamed, embarrassed and scared, like I was somehow less of a woman," the body hair activist told New York Post. 

Unfortunately, even some doctors were discouraging. “I had a bad experience with my doctor. She had never seen such an extreme case of hirsutism and she was startled and made a facial expression," she explained.

Her anxiety and embarrassment over the situation made her want to avoid contact with people altogether.

She avoided the dentist for 12 years and didn't have her first kiss until age 27. “I had never seen women who looked like me. I was so ashamed that I didn’t want to talk about it," the Wisconsin-based behavioral health technician said. “My way of coping with that shame and embarrassment was to hide. My daily goal for a long time was to just get through the day without anyone noticing how hairy I was.”

Now, after gaining a little life perspective, she's chosen to ditch the razor and embrace her body hair for what it is.

Jorgensen suffered a traumatic experience which helped her to accept her condition. In December 2015, she was hit by a car and taken to the hospital, where her clothes had to be cut off her body before surgery. It was the first time her body hair was exposed to others.

“I realized no one cared what I looked like, they just saw me as a person. It really helped me to get over it,” she said about the experience.

Since making the big life change, she says she feels more empowered.

“I realized that I never really disliked how the hair looked. The problem was not with the hair, it was with people’s perception of it,” she said. “I thought, ‘Enough is enough.’ I didn’t want to run from it anymore.”

Now, her Instagram feed is filled with photos of herself in sleeveless shirts, shorts, and bathing suits. “People definitely stare or try to take photos, but I expect that because you don’t really see women who look like me," she said. “I used to be scared of people noticing my hair, but now I embrace it and let it grow. I’m unique and that is perfectly fine.”

Jorgensen's hair acceptance is an ongoing journey, but to other women with hirsutism, she simply wants to say, "You are not alone."

Her experience has been so meaningful that she's since decided to quit her job, go back to school, and begin work with autistic children. 

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