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“When I was going through perimenopause and menopause I was told by a doctor at the Cleveland clinic in Toronto that I was in the top percentile when it came to severity of symptoms. It was terrible! I experienced anxiety, depression, tinnitus and wicked mood swings. And to top it all off I couldn’t sleep. This all resulted in what is referred as ‘meno brain’, foggy thinking that caused a lot of grief and made me behave quite strangely.

I also had menopausal tremor, which made me shake quite badly. My husband would have to steady me by holding me tightly. It was as though I was going through withdrawal from a drug like heroin. After that happens to you, you truly wonder what the heck is going on!

Prior to menopause I had never had a day of anxiety or depression. I am just shy of six feet tall and I always considered myself a strong, capable woman. Perimenopause and menopause took that away from me, which I resent very much.

I want women to know my story because I didn’t have much information until my symptoms hit me like a ton of bricks. No one was talking about the really serious stuff.”



“I have been living with Type 1 Diabetes since I was 5 years old. I am now 19, and have been able to manage my illness mostly on my own for about 2 years now. I am doing really well, and am really careful about watching what I eat. I make sure that I stay active. I like to think that my life is no different that other people my age.


Next fall, I will be switching Universities. It will be my first time living away from home. I am nervous about campus life, but am mostly excited. I do worry about how I will manage the stress on my own, and how it will affect my health. I hope that I meet lots of great people and make lots of new friends.”


“I am 27 years old, and have had Crohn’s for about five years now. I am lucky enough to have a very supportive girlfriend, and a group of understanding friends. I have been managing my illness quite well until recently, when I started having frequent flare-ups. My doctor has prescribed some new medication and treatment options for me, but so far I have not noticed any noticeable positive changes.


I go on tour a lot with my band, and am often unfamiliar with the places we travel too. I worry about getting sick at inconvenient times. I have to keep a very close eye on my diet, which is not always easy when I am on the road with five other men with big appetites.”


I am very active for my age; I work, volunteer, and exercise quite regularly. I am 65 years old, and thought that I was the picture of health for people my age, until my heart attack three months ago.


I have had bypass surgery where I was in the hospital for one week. After this surgery I thought I was on a steady road to recovery, but had to have a second surgery last month. The aggressiveness of my condition was very scary. I felt as though I was doing everything right for my health and well being, but I am now questioning everything I thought I knew. I worry that I will continue to have complications with my heart for the rest of my life.”


“I am a single mother. My son is a high school senior, and wants to pursue a football scholarship. Last year he was badly injured during a game and suffered a concussion. His recovery was slow and lengthy, but I am happy to say that he is doing much better now. He wants to get back on the field as soon as possible.


I am really worried about him getting hurt again, especially after seeing how serious his concussion was. He was very lucky not to have permanent damage done to his brain. During my son’s recovery, it was very scary to watch him struggle with basic cognitive tasks. I want to protect him from harm, but he loves football so much, and is determined to pursue the scholarship which would give him the opportunity of a lifetime. Without the scholarship, my ex-husband and I would not be able to afford to pay for his tuition, so I am feeling very torn.


Although my son is doing much better, he is still not 100% better. I worry about him moving away for school in the fall and not being able to be a caregiver to him anymore. He is on a number of meds and has monthly check ups with his doctor to test his reflexes.”


“I am a high school senior with Thalassemia major. My condition has gotten more severe lately, and I’ve been told that I may need a bone marrow transplant. I am adopted, so it will be harder for me to find a perfect match.


Next fall, I will be going to college and moving out of my city. My parents are worried about me being alone and not knowing anyone. I am nervous too; I will soon be responsible for my own health. I’ll have a lot to deal with as I start this new chapter in my life.”


“I am a 21 year old barista by day, and aspiring screenwriter by night. I had an equestrian accident two years ago and have been dealing with chronic back pain on and off ever since. I have been lucky enough to be introduced to various holistic and herbal therapies (acupuncture, massage, physiotherapy) which have all helped me temporarily, but the pain always comes back in full force!


It is hard for me to be in one position for long periods of time without being in pain. I have missed shifts at the coffee house because of this, and cannot sit and write for very long. I do a lot of online research looking for things that might help me. I want to avoid taking drugs or having surgery, but if my pain persists, I may have no choice. I am very stressed about this because I am only 21 and have a full life ahead of me. I do not want to deal with this for the rest of my life and have it limit my abilities anymore.”


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