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Power Surge Is What Friends Are For!

dearestbio2Power Surge, in its 20th year online, is a warm and caring support community for women at midlife and in menopause. Power Surge was created by Alice Lotto Stamm, better known by the online persona, "Dearest," (a name given her by a friend who installed her first AOL software).

In 1992, Alice found herself on a NYC Bulletin Board trying to describe her first experience with a perimenopausal hot flash -- "I'm not having a hot flash. I'm having a POWER SURGE!" It wasn't long before "power surges" and "hot flashes" became synonymous. Power Surge was formally introduced in February, 1994 on America Online. Finding herself unprepared for all sorts of strange new physical and emotional feelings, and frustrated by the limited information available about menopause, Alice sought out other women with whom to discuss and learn about perimenopause.

"At no other time in a woman's life does she need as much support as she does now," says Alice. "Power Surge is a community providing honest and accurate information, and composed of wonderfully caring, sensitive and supportive women. The issues we address are not limited to hot flashes, soy isoflavones, anxiety, estrogen, progesterone, herbs, insomnia, hormones, depression, vitamin E, and the dreaded night/day sweats, but the myriad changes endemic to menopause -- how menopause impacts every nuance of our lives. Our families. Our self-esteem. Our work. Our weight. Our relationships. Our emotions. Our sexuality. The entire person. The time finally came for menopause discussions to be taken out of the closet and into the living room for open and intelligent discourse. Good grief, this is the new millennium!"


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