1. My Faith
2. My Sense of Humor
I decided to share my personal thoughts on this beast with you in hopes of helping some poor woman out there who is possibly going through the same event. I feel like it is probably one of those topics that are classified as off limits (like politics and religion) and in my world, NOTHING is off limits! My purpose when I started this blog and website was to inspire people (mostly women) to get out and see the world. Inspiring women is still my main goal and I aim to do this in all aspects of their life. Surviving menopause with a sense of humor and without losing your mind (or your spouse) is certainly something to be inspired about. So if you are a woman, or are married to one, or have a Mom or Sister or Aunt or Grandma in your life, you may want to continue reading todays special report. This is NOT just a topic for women. I mean, come on-----it's actually called MENopause people!
In keeping with my UNpolitically correct topic of conversation, I am going to use Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a Redneck if" line. I am going to tweak it for obvious reasons and say
You might be going through Menopause IF……………
You are hot, cold, happy, sad, excited, apathetic, energetic, tired, increase of appetite, decrease of appetite, experience weight loss, weight gain, have severe mood swings, have no mood at all, want social activity, want to be alone and do nothing………..and are a woman between the ages of 40-60.
Yes ladies, PMS was just training camp for the REAL DEAL! After all, PreMENstrual Syndrome is sort of "before Men" in our lives and Menopause is the time "after Men" so it makes sense that the one after is much more intense. Unfortunately, for the actual Man in our life, the road to surviving this catastrophic event is much more difficult. He is not equipped to handle these crazy hormonal changes so try and show him some compassion (when you're not having a crazy mood swing). I have to say that since I started this NON Joyful Journey through the door to my Golden Years, I have developed a deeper appreciation for my husband. He is amazing and I am beyond blessed to have him by my side. Right now, HE is my inspiration and what fuels me to research my heart out to try and find natural ways to survive this stage with a smile.
(By the way---I thought of that math equation--H3R---and hereby claim it as mine, on my public website, patent pending. Just in case someone out there liked it and wanted to steal it from me--lol!)
I find it kind of ironic that I entered a period of HYPO mania and was NOT at all "Joyful" right after changing my name. I guess it shouldn't surprise me since I am a woman and it IS our prerogative to change our minds. It's just that we typically are in control of the "changing of our minds". When you are infected with H3R, you are NOWHERE near control! I continued to write and post on my blog (kind of unaware of my intense hormone induced thoughts). It happened to coincide with the shutdown of the Government so I was upset about all the people losing their income/jobs. It is normal for this type of event to make you (anybody) angry. The problem is, I am typically a VERY HAPPY person. When I was writing my very Unhappy thoughts during this 10 day period, close family members were concerned about my mental status. It was such a HUGE shift in my personality they quite possibly thought I was losing my mind. I chose to use hashtags and references to a couple popular games (Angry Birds and Candy Crush) in some of my writing. I felt that this would be a "funny" and fairly clear way to communicate my dismay at the condition of our country. The problem was, I don't think it was understood the way I intended it to be. Therefore, I had ineffective communication (of the scariest kind) with not only my readers (all 15 of you), but also my immediate family. After this H3R episode passed and I went back to review my posts (and unfortunately long winded, daily twitter feed), I realized how "crazy" I sounded. The last thing I want to do is lose my readers (before I even build an audience) AND frighten my family. If you happened to read my blog (or twitter feed) during the beginning of October, you understand what I am talking about. If you did not, you won't be able to now. So even though you were probably ready to go to the archives and search for the CRAZY POSTS, don't waste your time. For YOUR protection, I have gone back and done an edit on my site and twitter account and removed my CTR (Crazy Time Rant). I decided that I may need to put myself in a "Self Imposed Time Out" during the severe HYPO time of my cycle. I will probably continue to write then, just not publicly. Maybe I can give those journals to a MEN Lab (this is a take on METH Lab----MEN being short for Menopause) so they can use it for research. My goal is to always help people and sharing my difficult experiences in life to make it easier (or at least humorous) for someone going through theirs makes it all worth it. If they can take my personal journals of "This is your brain on Menopausal Hormone Surges" and create a vaccination/antidote, my suffering will not have been in vain.
DISCLAIMER: I use HUMOR to get my point across and sometimes I use topics that may not be funny to YOU. In this case, I used a drug reference. While I don't personally engage in illegal activity (or even smoke cigarettes), others do and will certainly "get" my reference. Even if you don't do drugs (like myself), I hope the reference made you laugh. If you have a family member that is an addict or drug user, I am sorry if I offended you. I personally have family members that have suffered from this addiction so I understand the pain you may feel. I do not mean to make light of a serious subject, only to give an example that most people will understand. With the popularity of the show "Breaking Bad", I assume most people will laugh at this reference. PS-I have never seen an episode of this show---TRUTH!
SHARING IS CARING!!!!!