As a 36-year-old cancer survivor, I have been going through menopause for over four years now. It all started three months into chemotherapy when my doctor told me that my ovaries had stopped functioning because of the treatment. At first, I was devastated, I cried constantly, and felt a real sense of loss.
But now, while the symptoms of premature menopause can be challenging at times, nothing beats being alive and well. I still have the occasional "why me?" moment, but on the whole I am just so thankful I survived cancer and will do whatever it takes to continue to stay healthy and happy.
People often ask me what it's like having menopause at such a young age—and I suppose it's different for everyone—but here are some of the symptoms and side effects I experience: