“What I thought was the end, was only the beginning... EmpowHER changed my life.”
When I was 32 I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure when doctors found cysts on both ovaries. Complicatiions from a hysterectomy led to an extended hospital stay. I was scared not knowing what was wrong and was looking other women my age who had gone through the same thing. I just needed someone to talk to, I needed answers, I never got them. After my hysterectomy I had horrible mood fluctuations and eventually tried to take my own life. The mood changes were diagnosed as bipolar disorder, but I was convinced it was something else - something just wasn't right. During a hospital stay while being treated for bipolar disorder I found EmpowHER, I discovered my intuitions might have been right, a hormonal imbalance caused by the hysterectomy could be causing my mood swings. I listened to Michelle's story and was able to talk to other women about what I was going through. I've since recieved proper treatment and feel like a new woman.
If I would have found a site like EmpowHER when my medical problems started, I think i would have found some better answers. Now that I am not on the medication I was given for my so called "bipolar" I am a complete different person... my life has been changed. I have become my own self advocate and encourage other women to do the same.
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