We are very excited to have a real live person for our readers to follow as she sorts through the maze of information and tries to make the best choice for herself in her quest towards wellness and balance(which are actually synonymous!). Her story is one of many that Candace and I have heard throughout the years and hopefully will resonate with quite a few of you. Sadly, I hear over and over again how alone women feel when they start to experience some of the myriad of symptoms that can be caused by the waxing and waning of hormone levels.
Just this week I saw a 43 year old woman who has a friend she is concerned about : thinks she may be going through perimenopause but is afraid to talk about it and has no ideas of how to proceed.
I remember that it wasn’t so long ago that we didn’t even mention the word “breast” in public , yet now there are numerous events dedicated towards raising money for breast cancer. For women who are pregnant, there are prepared childbirth classes, books and endless information available from all sorts of sources; not so for my mother’s generation, so ‘we have come a long way, baby’.
Not far enough though for women struggling with perimenopausal or menopausal issues or even those who suffer with terrible symptoms of PMS early on. This was the main motivation for us to launch this blog, to create a safe, fun, informative and interactive place for women to come to in order to pose questions and find answers. Our blog will continue to morph and mature over time as you will see. This new feature, the ‘First Person Story’ , will grow over the months into a complete narrative tracing this individual’s thoughts, actions and responses to our recommendations.
We are currently waiting for the saliva test results to arrive. Once they do, Candace and I will post our recommendations(and many of those will be very similar, by the way; the main differences will have more to do with my ability to prescribe actual bio-identical hormones. The other differences will be how we each interpret her results and where we think the focus should be: and this will change over time as well, as it should. )
Then our first person will make some choices and we will periodically be checking in with her to see how she is progressing(or not) and make adjustments to her plans as needed.
Stay tuned! And don’t forget to jump in any time with questions you might have as well. Remember you are not alone in feeling the way you do and there are many possibilities awaiting you…..menopausibilities indeed.