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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Angela M. DeRosa DO, MBA, CPE graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1995. She went on to do an Internal Medicine Residency with a fast track emphasis in Women’s Health at Lutheran General Hospital. After her residency, she became the Director of Women’s Health Services and Education at Lutheran General Hospital. After two years of practice she started a full time career as the West Coast Senior Medical Director with Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals. There she worked on women's health product development, research and marketing. Seven years after starting this position, Dr. DeRosa decided to pursue other clinical endeavors. Dr. DeRosa is a nationally recognized internist and women’s health expert. Her clinical focus is on revitalizing the physician-patient relationship; striving to provide the highest quality of care to her patients in a warm compassionate environment.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

My Personal Story

Every day I see it time and time again.  Patients come to me and they say," I have seen many other physicians and they all told me I was too young to have hormonal issues".  They have been dismissed, told nothing is wrong or worse; made to feel crazy.  Women have largely been failed by the medical community.  It is this reason, I take this mission on every day.....that and I too have been there done that.

You see, when I was in my late 20's, I started having symptoms of ovarian failure (perimenopause) and nobody could help me understand what I was feeling.  I was already in the early years of my medical career, having just graduated from medical school and newly married.  I had everything I had ever dreamed of, but I was not happy, did not feel good and asked "is this all there is" every day.

I was alternating between anger and depression, mentally and physically drained (although residency can do that to you) and started having vague physical symptoms, like not sleeping well, feeling hot all the time, putting on weight, migraine headaches and overall fatigue.  Little did I know that it would take 15 years to fully understand what I was going through....but in the mean time I was told I was crazy, depressed and even put on anti-depressants.  Although many of my friends and my husband would argue that I still might be a bit crazy  (haha) that I was really experiencing the start of ovarian failure and having symptoms of perimenopause.  I went through menopause very early and I am now on hormonal replacment.  Mind you I am only 43 and went through menopause at 38. 

I was not too young.......and everyone is going to have ovarian failure.  This is biology.  However, this is a process that takes many years and does not just happen to us at the age of 52. (average age of menopause in the U.S. is 52).  What this means that depending on our genetics, our environmental exposure, medications, medical conditions and surgeries etc.....we are all going to start having symptoms in our 20, 30's or 40's. 

Although this is mother nature at her finest....it does not mean we have to suffer through it and get old before our time.  We have the medical knowledge to help women......we just need to get physicans and the medical community to get up to speed and it is up to us (women) to help them along.

This is why I do what I do.....and why I have started the blog today. 

I hope others will share there personal stories as well.

I plan to educate, provide the real data to help you better understand hormones and how they relate to our overall health. More importantly,I want to help you better understand the data around hormonal replacment so that you can make wise educationed decisions regarding your health care.....and not let the media, myths and misinformed medical professionals hinder your wellness.  It is too important.

1 comment:

  1. I have been dealing with migraines since 1995 and have had many doctors attempting to help me with regulating the headaches from neurologists to gynocologists with little success. Granted the medications given to me assisted with masking the symptoms, but no one evaluated my overall health and truly listened to me as the person dealing with these devastating headaches. During that time I have noted many problems with hot flashes, low energy and weight gain.
    I have been working with physicians for more than 35 years due to my career, and have never met a more caring, sensitive, concerned and intelligent physician. Dr. "Hot Flash" is exceptional and has truly helped over the past year. She takes time to truly listen to each of her patients every single visit. She never acts as if she does not have the time to listen and truly validates each persons concerns. My energy level has significantly increased since my initial visit, while my migraines have decreased to a minimum. My overall health is much improved over the past several months. Thanks so much for all that you are doing for your patients, as you are truly an incredible physician and an amazing person. Your office personnel are also friendly and very attentive. Thanks so much - Cyd