Although the subtitle of this blog is “Encouraging Words for the Menopause Roller Coaster,” I must give you a
I thought the great day would come when we’d stop having periods.
No worrying about going sailing for six hours at that time of the month.
No birth control.
Just free wheeling.
I figured the definition above, which I snipped from a Google search of “menopause,” was an honest one.
Menopause is so much more.
No cramps slips into other concerns: achy feet, insomnia, extra dry skin, weight gain, bloating, and on and on….
No birth control remains a blessing, but one’s enthusiasm can wane when vaginal dryness and atrophy appear.
I was tricked!
No one warned me, really.
Or maybe they did, but I missed it.
Menopause, physically, is not simply the cessation of periods and the end to the possibility of pregnancy.
I cry NOT to the definition above. Or perhaps that should be “THAT’S NOT ALL!”
Do I wish I had known?
I’m of the forewarned is best persuasion.
The Girl Scout motto “Be prepared” stuck with me.
What about you?
There’s plenty to celebrate with The Great Pause.
Liberation from some of the “shoulds” and “musts.”
A willingness to toss out what’s not working.
The courage and confidence to find new hobbies, activities, travels, relationships, and even careers.
The mind-changing stuff rocks.
But to the physical stuff I say
Yikes and Yuck.
So what are the encouraging words?
Point one is that there are remedies, at least in part, for some of the ailments.
Point two is that the mind-changing stuff is cool.
Point three is that I think it’s time we
Save the Sisters!
Just like an older sister informs a younger one about periods, we should let those who come after us know what lies ahead.
I wish I’d been warned.
I would have appreciated my youth more.
And not been so shocked by the changes to my body.
So it’s time, with encouraging but honest words, to clue in the sisters.