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Your Stories: Donna Lancaster

I wrote the piece below as a result of my own experience of ageing and the menopause. I started the menopause relatively young at 46 and although it came with its challenges, I also gradually came to see how it also came with many more gifts. Since my menopause I have found that I am more comfortable in my own skin; I no longer feel the need for external validation and feel sensual rather than sexy.

Your Stories: Julie Obiamiwe

I am 50 years old and a solicitor partner in a small legal aid practice specialising in social welfare law, specifically housing.  I had IVF treatment years ago and it was not successful so I have no children.  I carry a lot of sadness about being childless so as you can imagine the concept of menopause emphasises that feeling.

Your Stories: Anna Ghislena

I live in Hertfordshire where I work, write and look after my husband and two teenage children.  My career background is special event management and PR support, but I have been working as a part-time administrator in a primary school for the past few years which accommodates family life better and gives me a few extra precious hours to write creatively.