The Site That Changed My Life by M. Tufts

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In 1994 I miscarried twins. I went on to have a healthy baby but when I tried to have another, I miscarried again. In desperation for answers (there seemed to none in the medical world with the exception of the hurtful 'it was meant to be' or 'it was probably for the best') I did an on-line search for information regarding miscarriage.

What I kept coming to was a site called INCIID.org which was originally a site devoted to infertility awareness. I found more answers there than I could imagine exisited. I was able to learn things that even my obstetrician was unaware of. I was pointed in the right direction for treatment (sometimes finding the right specialty and someone who practices it in your area is the most difficult part of seeking a treatment) and I am happy to say I am now 7 months pregnant. An additional benefit of the site, because it has numerous bulletin boards, it that you can hook up with and befriend many other people with similar histories. This support aspect is unequaled in 'real life' where you may never meet someone with the same disorder The site has many medical moderators. These individuals, leaders in thier fields of specialty, volunteer their time and do not prescribe medicine, although they do give out much needed advice.

The site has clearly changed my life and I shudder to think where I would be had I never found the information I needed so badly. The site is free, and staffed predominently by volunteers, They are always strapped for funds which they richly deserve for all the good they do, and often request small donations from users. I wish I was a millionaire so that I could give them the donation I think they deserve.

 

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