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Month: January 2013

I’m So Hot Hot Hot…Does This Ever Stop!

Turtleneck sweaters and hot flashesLong gone are the turtleneck sweaters that I loved to wear. It has been 25 years since I started menopause and I still get those awful hot flashes; certainly not nearly as bad as they were when I first started menopause.

I could feel them coming on. It was like heat forming in the pit of my stomach. It would permeate from the inside out. I knew it would only last for a short while, but these bursts would return continuously throughout the day, at different intervals and almost always at night.

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It Can’t Be Menopause!…Can It?

I woke up one morning and I felt different.  I can’t quite explain it but I just felt that my body was changing. I was 43 years old. “This Can’t Be Menopause!…Can It?” I thought.

sadFrom the time I got my first period at age 12, I suffered the pain of menstruation.  The cramps were unbearable. The first two days of my period, every month, were spent  curled up in bed with a hot water bottle warming my stomach to help with the awful pain that I was experiencing.

I was told that when I had children the discomfort of stomach cramps would subside. But after my third child, they didn’t and to make matters worse I developed another problem called Endometriosis. For those of you who do not know this gynecological disorder that affects over 5 million women, it occurs when the endometrial lining (found inside the uterus) begins to grow on the outside of the uterus causing lesions to the ovaries, fallopian tubes and binds tissue to other organs in areas near the uterus.

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Inspiring Women: JoAnn’s Post Menopausal Enlightenment

A Pretty Face This week’s guest blogger is a dedicated and accomplished woman, who I have known  for over 30 years. She has never ceased to amaze me and hers, is a great Human Interest Story that proves that there is nothing that we can’t do if we really put our mind to it, no matter what age we are.

I have been fortunate enough to act in two of her One Act Play Festivals and I hope you are as inspired by her Post Menopausal Enlightenment as I am. It is with the greatest admiration that I introduce my dear friend JoAnn:

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