Cheryl’s fight for answers

Cheryl Howe, who is raising awareness of polycystic ovary syndrome on a televsion programme.

Cheryl Howe, who is raising awareness of polycystic ovary syndrome on a televsion programme.

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A WOMAN who suffers from a condition which causes her to grow a beard like a man wants to raise awareness of the syndrome.

Plucky Cheryl Howe, 29, of Clarence Street, Morecambe – who has been called “gorilla”, “planet of the apes” and “shemale” by people in the street – has already appeared on ITV’s This Morning, and was featured in a magazine in a bid to increase knowledge about polycystic ovary syndrome.

She said: “I want to campaign for girls with my condition.

“It’s not life threatening, but you can suffer from diabetes, heart disease and cancer.”

The This Morning Facebook page had 670 messages following her appearance, the highest response ever to an interview on the show.

She said: “It’s made me realise there are more girls out there who need help, and hopefully we’ll get answers.”

See The Visitor (07-02-12) for full story.