Paid Focus Group Opportunity for Post-menopausal Women


Senior woman on country bike ride

An announcement from Focus Pointe Global. I’m hoping some of my readers will be interested in participating!

Did you know that going through menopause can actually help you earn money?

Many marketing research companies, such as Focus Pointe Global, are looking for post-menopausal women for their opinions on medications, advertisements, and other products. Focus Pointe Global is a national marketing research company with 18 locations across the country that conducts focus groups, online surveys, product tests and more. They have an interactive website for their panel members at, where you can register and fill out your personal profile. Participating in a focus group or product test is a fun and easy way to earn some extra spending money – from $75 to $300 for only a couple of hours of your time.

Currently, we are looking for women between the ages of 45 and 74 who are using Forteo for a Paid Focus Group. There are several discussion groups that are taking place during the week of September 28th in Chicago, IL and Bala Cynwyd, PA.


This will take up just 1 hour of your time, and you will walk out with $100 in your pocket. If you are located in one of these areas and interested, we invite you to take a questionnaire to see if you are eligible by clicking one of the studies below:

Bala Cynwyd location

Chicago Location-

If you have any further questions regarding this study please email

If you don’t qualify but know someone in Chicago or Philadelphia who might, please forward the link. Thanks!


I received compensation from Focus Pointe Global for posting this announcement. I support research studies!

More Menopause Cartoons!


Hot Flash Stripper

Last February, Healthline asked me to come up with concepts for menopause cartoons. What fun! Illustrator Julia Selutina drew the whimsical characters and brought my cartoon ideas to life.

The cartoon above is one of my favorites because my mom’s good friend Kathleen Taylor actually came up with the idea, not me. Thanks, Kathy! She based it on the story of a friend, who in the middle of a hot flash, tore off all of her clothes.

Tampon Tree

I really did have a hard time deciding what to do with my remaining tampons. I wrote one of my first blog posts, “Toot-a-loo Tampons!” about the dilemma. You can read it here. I remember how nervous and bold I felt posting a picture of tampons online. Ha! Little did I know what else I’d write about on this blog.

Weather Lady

Speaking of the winds of menopause, a new reader, Michele, contacted me after finding my article on the Hormone Health Network. The article helped her realize that her emotional (and physical) issues were related to hormones, not larger health issues. Michele is doing well now and has a guest post coming up for us soon.

Even the worst hot flash or the grumpiest day is a bit lighter if we sprinkle in some humor. I had a great time coming up with these cartoon ideas. Thanks, Healthline!

Check out Healthline’s menopause articles, including this one on symptoms of menopause.


Check out the Hormone Health Network’s great resource, the Menopause Map that helps you explore your personal journey to menopause.


My Cancer Story: One Year Checkup!



At my post-op visit following surgery for endometrial cancer in July, 2014, my oncologist explained that for the next few years, I would visit her at UNC Hospital and then six months later, my gynecologist. So at the one year mark, it was the gynecologist’s turn. Love Dr. Freid! I wrote here about his kindness when he called with my diagnosis last June.

Although it can manifest itself other ways, endometrial cancer tends to return as vaginal cancer. Yikes! Talk about a creepy thought…

As I sat in the waiting room of Chapel Hill OBGYN, my cancer visits and tests flashed into my mind, but I mostly thought happy thoughts. Surgery behind me and with a good prognosis, it’s fun to watch the pregnant women come and go. Been there, done that.

Dr. Freid’s nurse asked me a bundle of questions. Then she instructed me to put on the gown and walked out the door. The gown felt crisper than most and its styling a bit more chic. Fast photo op! In the shot above, note Dr. Freid’s framed ice hockey articles. In the photo below, see  the girl parts chart. An interesting contrast for a gynecologist’s examining room.

In came Dr. Freid with his nurse and a medical student in tow. Dr. Fried’s joke-telling took longer than the exam. “Looks good,” he said.

Five minutes later, back in my street clothes and seated in his office, we talked  about the roller coaster I’ve experienced since the surgery.


“I hit you over the head when I called with the diagnosis,” Dr. Freid said. “I told you that you probably didn’t have cancer, and you did.”(An ultrasound had revealed fibroids, which he suspected were the cause of the spotting. The D and C was just a precaution). He leaned forward in his black leather chair. “I’d be shocked if you didn’t have some emotional moments.”

When I left, I thanked him, again, for saving my life, twice. (Dr. Freid nailed me on my blood pressure during my first visit, and that’s now under control.)

Then I did what I always do. I went to the mall across the street. I grabbed samples from Southern Season, a gourmet food store, and debated if I should get Chick-Fil-A for lunch or something a bit more nutritious.

As I made the decision, I walked with spring in my step. Happy One Year Cancer Anniversary to me!

P.S. If you’re scheduled for a hysterectomy, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d be glad to share my experience, which went well. My email is on the right.

Pumpkin Seeds and Your Bladder! (and a Sample Giveaway)



Nothing shouts fall like pumpkins! And nothing makes this blogger happier than iced cookies. Here’s an older post that boasts a cookie of cookies: A Celebration Cookie. 

My pumpkin cookie above, purchased at Panera the other day, was delish, and it didn’t have any seeds or squish. Imagine the seeds and squish in these real pumpkins that won prizes at the North Carolina State Fair last fall.

Fair Two

Speaking of pumpkin seeds, The Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, on the website of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, published this article on the efficacy of pumpkin seed for urinary issues.

Pumpkin Seeds

AZO Bladder Control has created a supplement from pumpkin seeds and soy. They tell us: ” The active ingredient in AZO Bladder Control contains clinically-studied Go-Less, a drug-free, naturally sourced supplement comprised of pumpkin seed extract and soybean isoflavones; ingredients that are proven to support healthy bladder activity and enforce bladder strength. Pumpkin seed extract supports bladder muscle integrity while the soy isoflavones help relax bladder muscles and sustain muscular strength in the pelvic floor.”

Samples: AZO is offering free samples to the first ten readers to respond. Simply enter a comment saying you’d like a sample. Be sure to leave your email address, and I will contact you for your snail mail address. Sample offer ends on October 5. Thanks!


To learn more AZO Bladder Control, visit this page on their website. To learn more about other AZO products, click  here.  See their Facebook page here.

I can’t resist leaving you with one more pumpkin picture, a preschool pumpkin, created by daughter Kath many years ago.


This post is sponsored by AZO Bladder Control.