DOES THIS SOUND VAGUELY FAMILIAR? …“Crippling anxiety, sleep issues, panic attacks, lack of energy, weight gain, intense sweating, no sex drive, dry hair and brittle nails.” – Just a few of the 219 comments expressed by women from around the globe in response to a 2011 blog I wrote titled, “Menopause and Anxiety” for HealthyWomen.org. It turns out anxiety is not the only thing about menopause … [Read more...] about Menopause and Anxiety (Revisited)
Going through menopause means a lot of things to a lot of women. While many parts of the “transition” are individual (for instance, my sister suffered nary a hot flash while I was continually bathed in sweat), one universal truth is this: our bodies change. Yes, unfair, especially when you consider that’s just one set of problems added to the long list of other changes, like sleep disturbances, … [Read more...] about The Truth About Your Post-Menopausal Body
Why do some women going through menopause feel like they're out of control, irritable, short- fused and just plain crazy? And why do others pass through seamlessly with nary a hot flash or mood swing? Back in 2005, when blogging was still fairly new, I created the blog, Midlife Matters. As a health writer, I was excited about sharing accurate and timely health information in an intimate … [Read more...] about Menopause and Anxiety
We all have defining moments. Do you think they chart the course of our lives? Yesterday, like on most other days, I startled when my alarm went off at 7:00 AM. And like on most other days, I routinely made my way to the bathroom, shuffled into the kitchen, pressed the button on my coffeemaker to brew myself my usual dose of caffeine. Stirred in the half and half. Waddled into my … [Read more...] about Defining Moments
"You have cancer." Those three words hold so much power. They're life-altering in too many ways to measure. They're words that every women hopes they'll never have to hear. And as a survivor who has heard those words, I'd like to be able to say that you'll never, ever have to hear them. But there's no sure way to do that. What I can do is tell you ways to reduce your risk - and be aware enough … [Read more...] about Can You Prevent Breast Cancer?
I used to. Sometimes, circumstances were such that I had no choice. But after a while, I decided it wasn't worth all the effort. I wasn't fooling anyone. In fact, faking it was getting dangerous. People could tell. Especially when they got...so long. They knew what I was up to. Especially the time my false eyelash fell into my drink at a bar. What can I tell you? As a young 20-something, I … [Read more...] about Do You Fake It?