Menopause

Three Years! Happy Anniversary Friend for the Ride!

Friend for the Ride in the Sand

Happy Three Year Anniversary to Friend for the Ride!

I like to write her name in the sand.

I write yours in the stars because you’re the world’s most wonderful readers.

Since the blog began, with the help of guest posters, I’ve published over four hundred posts. 

 

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Thanks to those of you who leave sparkling and insightful comments. One reader recently wrote me: “Never thought I’d get so hooked on connecting with others this way!”

And thanks to everyone for reading!

Happy fall and on to Year Four…

 

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Sharecare and a Trip!

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Sharecare has named me a a Top Ten Social Healthmaker on Menopause.  Way cool! Thanks, Sharecare!

Sharecare is a site created by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeffrey T. Arnold, founded of WebMD.


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I share the honor with sisters in the Great Pause, and one gentlemen. Here are their names and links to their blogs:

Ellen Dolgen–Shmirshky.com

Magnolia Miller–ThePerimenopauseBlog.com

Barb Depree, MD–MiddlesexMD.com

Andrew Weil, MD-Dr. Weil.com

Shirley Weir–MenopauseChicks.com

Holly Osterman–MenopauseChitChat.com

Kris T. Smith-MyMenopauseFix.com

Barbara YoungerFriendfortheRide.com

Marie Hoag–MenopauseMoxie.com

Staness Jonekos–MenopauseMakeover.com

You can read more about them on the Sharecare site too.

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Do check out the menopause pages. Lots of good info.

Because of Sharecare, I’m off on a trip!

A menopause trip!

The North American Menopause Society invited me, and the others, to their conference this week in Dallas. NAMS is paying my conference admission, and I’m footing the rest.  (The newlyweds live in Dallas, making the decision to go quite easy.)

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NAMS has plenty of menopause info our their site too.

Back to the trip.

These are the lectures I will hear: North American Menopause Society Scientific Program.

And I’m going to a pre-meeting symposium titled “Vulvovaginal Health:  Let’s Talk About It.”

Yikes!

I blush when I type the word.

Not sure I’m ready to talk about it.

But I’m ready to listen.

Anything for Friend for the Ride…

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Celebrating Two Years (and a Canvas Print Giveaway)

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Friend for the Ride just celebrated her two year anniversary!

(Yes, she’s a girl.)

Happy Anniversary, Friend for the Ride!

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WordPress lets me know the search words people use to land on the blog.

In honor of the anniversary, I thought I’d share a few favorites:

cookies that help menopausal symptoms

I wish, I wish, I wish a brilliant baker would come up with these!

one leg hair stopped growing

Does this mean one specific hair?  Talk about knowing your body intimately…

my menstrual period started on the full super moon june 2013

This searcher landed on Patti’s Winker’s super cool post. For those of us finished with periods, we’ve lost our chance to have a super moon period. Super sad!  (sort of.)

do yams help with menopause

Dr. Oz suggest yams just might help, but I’m sticking with the person (above) who is looking for a menopausal cookie cure.

are dill pickles good for menopausal women

Let’s hope not or my husband, who loves pickles, will fill my plate with them morning, noon, and night. While very fond of Cliff, I’m not overly fond of pickles.  Bring on the cookies!

do all women get meaner as they get older

Hmmm. I’d love to know the sex of the person who entered that search.

what is wrong with my husband he gets meaner as he ages

We know the sex of the person who entered that one!

pellets in hip for menopause 2013

Ouch!  What a way to start the New Year.

menopause stomach photos

To make it  big as a blogger, you have to put yourself out there.  But I haven’t been brave enough, yet, to put my menopausal stomach out there for the Internet to see.

poems about menopause symptoms

Two and a half years ago, I wouldn’t have guessed I’be writing poems about menopause. And what fun (and an honor) to feature the poetry of Moira Egan and Jane Yolen, with poems by Barbara Crooker coming up soon.

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Don’t ask me how this line landed someone on Friend for the Ride. The nerve!

Snarky and bitchy?  Not us. Thank you all for being such wonderful, kind readers!

My Friend for the Ride t-shirt, was a gift from Allied Shirts. I sent them my URL and a photo from one of my first posts, and voila!

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Learn more about making  a custom t-shirt here on their website:  alliedshirts.com.

Giveaway: Their sister company, Easy Canvas Prints, is offering  Friend for the Ride a free 11 by 14 inch canvas print.

I adore mine, featured on this post about my beloved doll, Baby Sue.  For a chance to win your own, please enter a comment by October 20 saying you’d like to be the winner. These make great gifts for the person who has everything.

Lean more about canvas prints on their website: easycanvasprints.com.

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Menopause Blogs!

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Above is the heading for my first post.

Seems like yesterday!

Today I’m pleased to report that Friend for the Ride was selected by Healthline as one of the best menopause blogs of 2013.

I’m in fine company! Check out the other blogs here:

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As the article states, “There’s more to menopause than moaning and groaning.  Take control of your health and your life during menopause by taking the time to pause and reflect on this important topic for women.”

Thanks to writer Robin Madell, who put the list together, and to all of you for your enthusiasm and support.

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