September: Focus on Menopause


Banner from (See below.)

On my Home Page I mentioned that September is Menopause Awareness Month.

Believe me, if you are going though menopause, you are very aware of it! But the site from which the above banner was lifted is a good site to get you started on your road to “midlife temporary madness” and recovering or discovering the woman you are meant to be.

The website  (MAM) is a good resource to start you off on your journey through menopause to PMZ, postmenopausal zest. While I don’t like their use of the term “symptoms,” since the Big M is an event, not a disease, the mission of the website does seem to support its not being a disease. Here is their mission statement:

Our Mission
MAM’s goal is quite simple: educate people about menopause, and shine light on innovations in menopausal science and technology. We want to be the go-to online source for everything menopause. From general information about symptoms and treatment to anecdotal relief and support systems, MAM is here to help.

The topics at the top of the website home page are: Menopause 101, Symptoms (I would use Signs. es), Solutions, Support, and Comedic Relief. Here is an excerpt from that topic:



You sell your home heating system at a yard sale.
The person you sleep with complains about snow piling up on the bed.
Your husband jokes that instead of buying a wood stove, he is using you to heat the family.
You write post-it notes with your kid’s names on them.
You take a sudden interest in “Wrestlemania”.
Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
You’re adding chocolate chips to your cheese omelet.
The dryer has shrunk every last pair of your jeans.
Your husband is suddenly agreeing to everything you say.
You’re using your cellular phone to dial up every bumper sticker that says “How’s my driving-call 1-800-****.”
You’re convinced there’s a God and he’s male.
You’re sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.

Below is a cute cartoon I found on the Internet that seems to fit this comedic list above:



I highly recommend your checking out the MAM website, since it does seem to have a great deal of helpful information, as well as comedic relief, which we all need during this physical, mental, and emotional transition to the next stage of our lives. I also have a cache of books I read and purchased and hope to post that list by the end of the month. Remember, a hot flash is really a power surge! At least, that was what my younger daughter advised me when I was experiencing them. Her turn will come!

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