‘Hirsutism is cute!’ Woman, 28, who used to spend hours a DAY shaving her excessive body hair now celebrates her fuzz, saying life’s ‘too short to hide’
・Miranda Nodine, 28, from Virginia was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as a teenager and now has excessive body hair
・Student used to spend five hours a day shaving but has now ditched the razor
・She‘s now sharing her story on Instagram, after saying she doesn’t want to hide
・Nodine’s motto is now ‘Be you, life‘s way too short, but your hair won’t be‘
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” a lot of short soft hairs or fibres like hairs “と、” noise that you hear on a radio or television when the signal is bad “というふうに記載されていますね。
I must buy a razor today and get rid of the fuzz on my legs!
He’s got a little adolescent fuzz on his upper lip.
A woman diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) has revealed how she decided to stop trying to rid her body of excessive hair.
Miranda Nodine, from Virginia, was diagnosed at 16 after being rushed to hospital with stomach pains.
Now a student, the 28-year-old suffers with irregular periods, pelvic pain, weight gain and hirsutism, the latter which has left her with hair growing all over her body.
pelvic pain 骨盤痛 です。
Desperate to keep her condition a secret at first, Miranda would spend up to five hours removing her body hair in the bath before venturing out.
rid of (phrasal verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” to cause someone or something to be free of an unpleasant or harmful thing or person: “というふうに記載されています。
In the city, it is hard to rid a building permanently of pests.
a movement to rid the world of nuclear weapons
You’d do well to rid yourself of those romantic notions.
Our aim is to rid this government of corruption.
the latter (noun)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると” the second of two people, things, or groups previously mentioned: “ というふうに記載されていますね。
She offered me more money or a car and I chose the latter.
He directed “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind,” receiving an Oscar for the latter.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” needing or wanting something very much “ と記載されていますね。
They were sold by families desperate for money to buy food.
She was desperate to see him again.
He was desperate to tell someone his good news.
The fashion industry is always desperate to innovate.
However, social media prompted her to finally come out about how her body looks, after she set up a Facebook group to find other women suffering with hirsutism.
She explains how she was first diagnosed: ‘I found out that I had PCOS when I was a teenager when I woke up at 3AM with a stabbing pain in my lower stomach and doctors found a ruptured cyst on my ovary.’
ruptured cyst は嚢胞破裂、ovary は卵巣です。
According to the NHS, PCOS has three key features; irregular periods, excess androgen that can cause excess body hair and polycystic ovaries. It affects one in five women in the UK and more than half of these have no symptoms at all.
androgen = アンドロゲンは、ステロイドの一種で、生体内で働いているステロイドホルモンのひとつです。雄性ホルモン、男性ホルモンとも呼ばれます。
polycystic ovaries は多嚢胞性卵巣症候群です。
To prompt (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to make something happen: “ と、” to make someone decide to say or do something: “ という風に記載されていますね。ジャーナリズム的な表現です。
This revelation prompted the mayor’s resignation.
The birth of my first child prompted me to write this article.
What prompted you to say that?
I don’t know what prompted him to leave.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” a stabbing pain is a sudden, very strong pain “ という風に記載されていますね。
She was awoken by a sharp stabbing pain in her chest.
Her dedication to removing the body hair continued into her early twenties and she even tried laser hair removal: ‘I would spend hours upon hours. Five or more in the bath shaving everything.
‘It became increasingly more difficult the older I got so I decided to stop. I would wear pants during the summer and hide as much skin as I could.
‘Whenever I was getting dressed for anything, I would make sure that every hairy part of me was covered and that included my shoulders.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” the large amount of time and effort that someone spends on something “ と記載されていますね。
The project has been a success, thanks to the dedication of all of our staff.
He has always shown great dedication to the cause.
She thanked the staff for their dedication and enthusiasm.
The job requires a lot of enthusiasm, dedication and self-sacrifice.
hour after/upon hour (phrase)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” a very long time “ と記載されていますね。
She spends hour after hour reading magazines.
I sat by her bedside for hour after hour.
The dog just sits there hour after hour and watches the hamsters.
Miranda says her epiphany over not covering up any more came after she set up a Facebook page, after feeling dispirited by the constant stream of fitness and beauty posts on her feed.
She says: ‘I saw a lot of women on Instagram sharing their weight loss journey and a lot of other life journeys and wanted their strength and courage but wasn’t ready.
‘Until a few years later, I was sitting in my future mother-in-law’s living room and she said: “what if you make a Facebook group for women with hirsutism?” I immediately knew I had to.
ここでのwhat ifの使い方は Hapa 英会話の3つ目の用法です。https://goo.gl/mLCkeM
‘I decided to share my story via Instagram because I saw there weren’t a lot of women like me who were choosing to grow it out, so I took a photo, told my story and that’s it.’
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” a moment when you suddenly realize or understand something important “ と記載されていますね。
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” someone who is dispirited does not have the hope, enthusiasm, or interest that they had earlier “ と記載されていますね。
The troops were dispirited and disorganized.
The poor are dispirited.
For Miranda, the most difficult part of sharing her journey with others was the feeling of disgust she felt from them and coming to terms with her body hair as a young adult.
‘The hardest thing about sharing my PCOS and hirsutism story with others was the constant feeling of disgust from them. Especially in past relationships.
She says previous partners had teased her about her hair after they’d broken up.
Miranda adds: ‘I was bullied a lot in school because of the hair growth.
‘I was still learning about my growing and developing body so getting undressed in front of other girls with an extremely hairy tummy, back, chest, and all wasn’t easy.
Now engaged to Brooke, Miranda says her partner loves her ‘with or without my body hair.’
‘She‘s helped me a lot in this process and I‘m extremely thankful for that. She‘s helped me realize that body hair is just that. Body hair. It doesn’t define beauty. There‘s much more to beauty than that.
come to terms (with someone) (phrase)
Cambridge Dictionary によると ” to gradually accept a sad situation, often the death of someone you love: “ と記載されていますね。
She needed time to come to terms with her grief.
I think he‘s still coming to terms with the death of his wife.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” your stomach. This word is used mainly by children or when speaking to children. “ と記載されていますね。
a tummy ache
My tummy hurts.
‘As a teen and young adult, my mother would feel extreme sadness for me because she would see me crying over my body hair either because I was picked on or I just hated it and was confused as to why I had it.
Finally, Miranda shares her words of advice to others in her situation.
‘Loving yourself takes work. Hard work. It’s the most rewarding work you’ll ever do. I’m still learning every day that I’m worth more than just my hair. Whoever is reading this, please keep pushing on.’
‘One day, you’ll wake up and wonder why it took so long. It’s freedom to live your life without worrying one hundred percent of the time if anyone can see your hair. It’s free to finally put your razor down and spend time with your loved ones instead of fitting society’s boring way of living.
‘Be you. Life is way too short, but your hair won’t be.’
She adds that anyone thinking that they may be suffering with the condition should get checked straight away: ‘If you can, talk to a doctor about PCOS. It’s not just body hair and PCOS doesn’t always equal body hair but it could be PCOS or something else entirely.
‘With all of that though, that doesn’t mean you aren’t worthy of love or affection or will never find someone to love you for you.’
pick on (phrasal verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to keep treating someone badly or unfairly, especially by criticizing them “ と記載されていますね。
Why do you always pick on me?
He gets picked on by the other boys because he’s so small.
Stop picking on me!
She felt she was being picked on.
At school she was a vulnerable little soul and the other girls picked on her.
I hope he didn’t think I was picking on him.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” activity that involves physical or mental effort “ と記載されていますね。
I know you’ve got a lot of work to do.
Thank you for all your hard work.
straight away (adverb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” immediately “ と記載されていますね。
They can’t pay me straight away.
I knew straight away what you were thinking.
I knew straight away it was a bad injury.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” giving a reward, especially by making you feel satisfied that you have done something important or useful, or done something well: “ と記載されていますね。
Do you find your work rewarding?
Our journey to the Yukon was a very rewarding experience.
Is it a rewarding job?
Textbook writing can be an intellectually and financially rewarding activity.
push on (phrasal verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to continue in a determined way: “ と、” to continue travelling somewhere: “ と記載されていますね。
We decided to push on to the top of the mountain while there was still daylight.
They are pushing on with their campaign for improved childcare facilities.
There’s a lot to do, so let’s push on.
I’ve pushed on with the work because I want to finish it today.
Next day we pushed on towards London.
最後に、内容が理解でき、新しい単語も知ることができたら、必ずCambridge Dictionaryか、Macmillan Dictionaryで例文を読むようにしてください。そして一番シンプルで、自分が日常使いしときやすそうなもをノートやスマホに書き溜めておいてください。そしてこれを移動中の時などに声に出して覚えることが本当に大事です！（電車では難しいので、僕はよく歩きますw）