Hey everyone out there, I am Julia and the coordinator for the Daisy network in Germany. To my knowledge, there is nothing comparable to Daisy in Germany, so please support our mission to spread awareness and knowledge about premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) and to support each other!
I was diagnosed with POI at age 28 and had never ever heard about it before. For me and my friends, menopause was something that would inevitably happen in the future, after probably starting families. It is predictable, happens to every women and so we would be able to manage and plan for it. And then I was diagnosed and reality kicked in. Boom. So there I was. Post-menopausal at age 28.
Despite starting HRT right away, I was in denial of the long term effects for the first year. But at some point, things started to pile up and I realized the impact that POI would have on my life. It felt so massive and overwhelming. Family and friends started to have babies around me and I had no idea how I was supposed to feel about it. Of course I was happy for them, but also sad, lonely, sometimes just weird or not caring at all for myself.
Even though I was never focused on having kids of my own, there was still the thought about what effect it would have on my relationship, why should my partner still wants to be with me, what could I possibly have to offer? And besides having or not having kids, what would happen to me and my body in the future? The Daisy network helped me so much in dealing and answering those questions in my own way, so that I could be my happy and bubbly self again. It is of such great importance to have knowledge available and be aware of what is going on with your mind and body, so you can make the best decisions for yourself. Talk to each other and talk about POI! There is no need for outdated taboos, so let’s tear them down together! Don’t let POI define your value and please always remember that all your emotions are valid and that you can do this!
Volunteer with Daisy Germany
Daisy Network welcomes anyone wishing to volunteer their time and skills into building its support network in Germany. Personal experience with POI is not required to contribute, just a desire to help any way you can by:
Hosting a Daisy Network Meetup
The idea of a Daisy Meetup is an informal gathering in a café, at a park bench or even in someone’s home, where women living with POI and their loved ones can come together and simply chat about their experiences. It’s an opportunity to listen and be heard with the likely guarantee of laughter, tears and yummy delights. If you would like to host a Daisy Meetup, please contact us for more information.
Become a team player
Help make a difference to the lives of German women living with POI by joining the Daisy Network’s Germany team or volunteering a few hours of your time on a regular basis. Please get in touch to let us know how you can help.
The sky is the limit
If you have an idea or initiative that will help build the Daisy Network in Germany and support women with POI and their loved ones, please contact us. We are always open to new possibilities!
Contact Daisy Network
For all enquiries please click here.