Monthly Archives: July 2013

Breast Pain in Menopause


Statue Lady

You might guess the lady above is thinking poetic marble lady thoughts.


She’s in a grump because her top hurts.

She hasn’t had a period for over two years, but the other day her top starting hurting like it did in her PMS days.

And so our marbled friend, while pleased about her hair and her complexion, is in a stew about the state of her boobs.

Same thing happened to my in the flesh human friend.

“To my surprise,” she wrote to me,  “2 years after no menstrual cycles, I was struck with breast tenderness! It scared me at first but then I quickly realized the all too familiar sensation. Yikes. It was a not so gentle reminder that hormones are still present.”

Consult with your doctor about any breast pain, but more often than not, it’s the result of hormones.

There’s a bit of info here, on the site 34 Menopause Symptoms.

My own pain seems to get worse after a salty restaurant meal.  I’ve never been sensitive to salt, so it’s taken me a while to figure this out.

They do say a good bra can help, although finding a good bra is a struggle in itself.

I told marble lady I’d see what we can find for her at the mall.

Now that will be an interesting shopping trip!

Anyone else experience menopausal breast pain or swelling?

Any remedies?

Any suggestions from your doctors?


Grandma Update: Space Age Foods!


Modern Foods

Modern baby raising techniques fascinate this grandma.

Note the space age foods above.

Jane Jetson might have served these shiny pouches to Daughter Judy and Son Elroy when they were tiny tots.

Jane Jetson

No glass to break!

Which brings back the beach trip when Laura Younger, age 18 months, dropped a jar off the balcony of our rental condo in the Outer Banks.


Said jar shattered on the pool area below.

Cliff spent a good vacation hour picking up tiny shards of glass.

He’s still recovering. That’s why he hasn’t taken me swimming in Mykonos yet, as Laura just got to do on her honeymoon.


Back to baby food.

No breakage with these pouches. Parents can feed baby from the pouch, and in time, baby can hold it.

How easy and safe is that?

I have split seconds when I declare,  “Not fair!  We didn’t have those.”

Good grandma egg that I am, I mellow fast.

Three cheers for clever baby world inventions!

And speaking of  a clever baby, look who now eats table food.


Just like Pebbles Flintstone learned to do in the age of the dinosaurs.



ReJuVey: Help For Vaginal Dryness and Atrophy (and a Survey)


ReJuVey GIF Logo CroppedI was recently contacted by Jana Morrelli, an MBA student who is completing an internship for a new women’s health company called ReJuVey and she has asked for our help! Would you consider filling out the survey listed below? It looks like a good way to have your voice heard in the development of a new menopause solution.

Jana writes, ““ReJuVey is developing a sonic-based device (similar to a sonic toothbrush) and non-estrogen based proprietary gels to help relieve women of the symptoms associated with vaginal dryness and painful intercourse due to atrophy.

As we develop this product, we want to make sure we are addressing real women’s needs so we’re conducting a survey! We would love to survey women age 45 plus – those approaching menopause, peri-menopausal, menopausal, and post-menopausal women are all welcome.

The survey is completely anonymous – but if you would like to receive information or would like to help out with testing just enter your contact information at the end of the survey and we will add to our upcoming Newsletter list! Also, we’d love you to stop by and like our page on Facebook at

Please take the survey by clicking on this link:

Thanks!  ReJuVey is keeping the survey open until October 1, 2013.

About ReJuVey:

ReJuVey was founded in 2012 by three dedicated women who felt there had to be a better way to solve the problem of vaginal dryness and atrophy due to menopause.

Kathy Johanson, PhD. CEO. Kathy is a life-long business professional with a passion for connecting women together to share experiences and find solutions to challenging problems.

Tracy Girolami, MD. Chief Medical Officer. Tracy is a physician with thousands of female patients, so she sees the struggles women face with menopause every day.

Rhonda Rhyne, MBA. Chairman, Co-Founder. Rhonda is a Life Sciences professional with a degree in pharmacy and a history of developing extremely successful medical technology companies.

Rhonda and Kathy

Rhonda and Kathy



This Body: Gratitude Prayers (and a Giveaway)


This Body

Ever since menopause set in, I’ve gotten grumpy about my body.

Aging makes me sad.

Shocks me.

Worries me.

The vanity issues.

And the bigger issues.





Girl stuff.

I’m determined to keep in the best shape I can, but alas, time is the Great Winner in the battle of the body, I suspect.

Janine Canan’s poem, “This Body,” socked it to me on first reading.

How dare I not appreciate Body Barbara until her very last day?

Thanks Janine.

What about you?

Are you a body ditzer or a body appreciator?

“This Body” is part of June Cotner’s latest volume, Gratitude Prayers:  Prayers, Poems, and Prose for Everyday Thankfulness published in February 2013 by Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Gratitude Prayers

I’m giving away one copy of this lovely, upbeat volume. If you’d like to be the winner, simply enter a comment by August 5  saying that you’d like to win. I’m pleased that two of my pieces are included!

 Lyle, Lyle, The Crocodile:  Congrats to Penny, who won the Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Storybook Treasury.