For women of that certain age, the word can shout discomfort, fear, moodiness, sadness, and even grief. As I began menopause, I asked friends who were finished about their experiences.
Surprisingly, many women didn’t have much to say.
Sure they remembered some grumpy moments, some hot flashes, some creepily long menstrual periods, but for the most part, it seemed that the women, usually happily ensconced in the next phase of life, couldn’t remember the specifics of menopause.
I wanted details. I wanted to know what they thought and felt, physically and emotionally, during those days. I wanted to know about them, so I could figure out about me.
Most of all, I wanted someone to encourage me. I needed a wise menopause friend.
A Friend for the Ride: Encouraging Words for the Menopause Roller Coaster is designed to take the worry out of the word.
I blog about everything from night sweats and food cravings to those days that feel like slogging through a swamp in your old tap shoes. I touch on other aspects of womanhood and life, too. Three years ago, I had surgery for endometrial cancer, and I’m sharing that journey. The blog features the Ladies Room Door Art Series, Grandma Updates, and special posts on my adventures in downsizing.
I live in a 180-year-old house in the small town of Hillsborough, North Carolina with my husband Cliff and collections of everything from dolls to Golden Books to hat boxes.
And a granddaughter named Emerson.
I’ve published over twenty books for adults and children, and I have an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can learn more about my writing and me at Barbarakyounger.com.
Thank you so much for reading!
Freelance Writing: I’m available for freelance writing assignments on creativity, menopause, slice of life, collecting, grandmothering, and other topics. Email me at BKYounger@gmail.com. I love to write humor. I did a series of cartoons for Healthine. Here’s one of them:
A Word About Guest Posts: Join the fun! If you’d like to do a guest post, shoot me an email with your idea. I’m only looking for posts written in the first person. Put yourself into it!
Thanks, Healthline, for voting me one of the top menopause blogs!
I’m delighted to be chosen by Replens as a Vibrant Voices Top Blogger.
Love Erma Bombeck! She’s my inspiration.I am honored when they feature my work on the Humor Writer’s blog: