November 8, 2012
I was in my 30s when I miscarried, over and over, for reasons I didn't understand until a doctor told me I had the "classic presentation" of a DES daughter. My mother, however, didn't think she'd ever taken this drug. But I remembered being given it as a teenager to stunt my growth--a popular practice in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties to prevent tall girls from growing "too tall." I turned to DES Action's Pat Cody, the organization's late founder, for help. What was happening to me? What would happen to me? She offered tons of information as well as her own gut feeling about my double exposure to this toxic drug. She was a life-saver. Now DES Action works hard to help mothers, daughters, sons, and grandchildren with the same sorts of questions. DES Action is there to help when those people, like me, need help understanding what this drug has done to them and what they can do to protect themselves in the future. They do not accept money from drug companies, which for decades have denied responsibility for the tragedies DES-exposed individuals suffer.
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