Linda Owsley, RN BSN
Welcome to Memoirs of Menopause — a blog series of my personal experiences with menopause. I will be sharing my story and discussing the many challenges I faced, and the ways I struggled and/or coped with these changes along the way. And yes, I’m actually going to try to tackle this in a few short paragraphs twice a month! I would encourage you to share your comments with me! You can leave a comment by clicking on the gray button “Leave A Comment,” which is located just above my name on the top right side of this article.
My first blog begins with the trials and tribulations of pre-menopausal symptoms…
A Godmother to Pre Menstrual Symptoms
I remember my earliest pre menopausal days. My PMS seemed to be on overdrive…ugh! I was starting to question whether the stormy week I had suffered through each month was just a preview of what my post menopausal real self was going to look like…Yikes! That, my friend was a dreadful thought.
In addition to questioning every thought that came to mind, my cycle would vacillate between bleeding to death, and passing clots the size of my breakfast bagel. I’m positive the carb load I was throwing at my body wasn’t helping, but at the time I thought, “What the heck, I already feel bloated every day how much more damage could a little bagel do to my attitude?”
Spoiler Alert: when you’re asking yourself that question, the answer is not going to be a positive one. Carb load or not, I’m sure I wasn’t the most pleasant member of my household during those few years. But, it is a tough transition for many of us—and I got through it. For those of you that may want a hint for navigating these turbulent waters, I’m here to give you my personal view.
First off, you’re not alone. Embrace this chapter in your life, rather than resist it. Just like me, you have friends that are right ahead, or right behind you in this process, and we need to band together. I’m sure the range of symptoms that each woman suffers through, or breezes through, are as varied as our individual personalities.
For most of us, these symptoms are just the beginning. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and there is treatment as well. For treatment options click here.
The best relief that got me through those tumultuous moments/days/weeks/months and/or years was the ear of my good friend Paige. So my advice for those of you who are entering this dramatic, but equally liberating change in your life, is to find a confidant, a comrade, a good listener, and a truth teller to help you through the process.
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