Hello, my name is Sarah.
If you’re reading this note then, chances are, you too have been affected by early menopause in some way. You may be struggling to come to terms with a diagnosis personally; or perhaps a loved one has been affected by this condition.
EarlyMenopause.com exists for many reasons but, for me, the most important among them is this: to remind you you’re not alone.
In fact, at this moment, millions of women around the world are struggling with the very same symptoms and painful emotions as you are. 4 million women in the USA have navigated the various stages of an early menopause or premature ovarian failure (POF) diagnosis.
I know what it feels like because I’ve been there too… in your shoes. With all the questions, doubts and heartache that go along with it.
When EarlyMenopause.com was about to be shut down, I stepped in to keep the site alive. I did it because I believe impartial information and the support of your peers can help others cope in the same way they helped me. However, our small donation receipts currently total less than $100 a month.
As of today, I write, research, campaign and personally subsidize all of the many awareness-raising operations of this website, both online and offline, using whatever spare time I have left and earnings from my 9-5 career. With your help, it is possible to invest more in these vital efforts.
EarlyMenopause.com is dear to my heart and I dedicate my time each day to help get our support across to those who need it most.
Reluctantly, I decided to create this page to let you know that you too can help keep this project going. Because, whilst I do much of the work here myself, there is an ongoing need for outside technical expertise and services essential to the upkeep of a website with many tens of thousands of readers.
These expenses are out-of-pocket because we receive no institutional funding; we have no big donors; and we have nothing to sell, endorse or advertise.
This may be a rarity in the digital world, but it’s the only way I see our community. Not as a vehicle, or an agenda, or a means to an end — just a safe, informative beacon for women in need of support.
Unfortunately, early menopause is too often swept under the carpet. Despite its huge impact, the condition remains under-discussed and poorly understood, even as the number of women diagnosed continues to increase.
Together, we can fix this. When everyday people join together to tackle an issue, a powerful force for change can be unleashed. And it is your generosity today that can help keep us going.
Give what you can. And THANK YOU for your generosity. Always.
Writer & Campaigner, EarlyMenopause.com
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