My name is Melanie and I am the representative of Daisy Network in Canada. I was diagnosed at age 27, just a few months after I got engaged. I had never heard of POI before and found my diagnosis to be quite overwhelming. I wasn’t entirely sure what my diagnosis meant for my future, or what it meant for my current relationship.
Hormone replacement therapy worried me on its own. Between finding the proper dosage and the different methods of HRT, I felt defeated. I tried different options and had a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I was emotional, stressed and did not feel like myself. After a few months of trial and error, I found the right HRT for me and can finally say I am starting to feel like myself again.
I wasn’t the type of person that dreamt of having children from a young age, however, once my doctor told me that having a child from my own egg was no longer a possibility, reality kicked in and I found it very difficult to process. I felt tremendous amounts of sadness and even began to question my worth as a woman. I truly felt like I was alone and was letting POI define who I was. That is, until I found Daisy and its welcoming members. This network allowed for me to express how I was feeling and reach out to those going through similar situations. Being able to express these feelings to my friends and family wasn’t enough. I didn’t feel understood by those who had no real way to relate.
I have been shocked and saddened by the lack of support in Canada for women diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency. As lucky as I feel to be a part of this online community, I’d love to have the opportunity to meet others face-to-face to discuss this difficult chapter in our lives. Remember, this journey might not always be easy but it’s a heck of a lot easier knowing you’re not going through it alone!
You can contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialists/Clinics & Helpful Links
Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Centre – Riverside Campus
1967 Riverside Dr. Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 7W9
Women’s Health Centre, 7th Floor
Tel.: 613-738-8400 ext. 81725
Mount Sinai Hospital – Premature Ovarian Insufficiency Clinic
600 University Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X5
Proud Fertility – Egg Donation & Surrogacy Canada
Ottawa Fertility Center
Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health