Yes, that’s right, “Hormone Hell”. My mother hit menopause at age 45. I don’t mean the “pre-menopause”, I mean THE menopause. She stopped menstruating at that point. I am age 45. I first began having symptoms at age 30, then I became pregnant with my third child.
For the past several years (since winter of 2001), I have had significant symptoms. Sometimes the symptoms impair my daily functioning. I am choosing to “go through” this time naturally, as did my mother. When my heart races and I experience anxiety, I sometimes wonder if I could have some relief through medicinal means, but then it passes and I feel good that I have developed other methods of dealing with the symptoms – without medicine.
Sometimes I cannot wait to be officially declared “menopausal” (one year after your last period). But then again……
The most important thing for me to remember is that this is a natural and normal part of life. Ever since the death of my grandmother I think a lot more about our mortality and I try to cram in as many things as I can, knowing how little time I have, yet at the same time I attempt to balance that with savoring the many pleasures of life on this planet. I try to keep the mindset that each day is a new adventure with new things to learn and do. Enjoyment and happiness are at the top of my agenda. If I cannot have those, I cannot be an effective contributor to the global community.
And so I try to look at these bodily changes as another adventure with a new set of challenges, enjoyments, and wonders.
Attitude is everything.
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