Monday, October 18, 2010

World Menopause Day
October 18, 2010

Menopause - as a teenager it seems so far away. You never think it can happen to you. In your 20's and 30's, you’re having children or deciding whether to have children because eventually "The Change" will happen. By your 40's, if you've had enough children or decided not to there is a sense of sadness or relief.

Then it happens, Menopause. I was 45 years old. I chose not to take hormones because I really don’t like taking medications, unless it is absolutely necessary. I was going to face the “Big M” through good nutrition, physical activity and a positive attitude. Somehow I made it through.

Is It Hot In Here, Or Is It Me?

My Personal Suggestions for Hot Flashes.
1. For those who work in hospitals or long term care facilities, check out the walk-in refrigerator or freezer. When my staff was looking for me, it was the first place they looked.
2. If you're food shopping, quickly go to the refrigerator section and stay there until the hot flash passes.
3. Always carry a cold beverage.
4. Remember to laugh, it's all apart of life.

The Golden Girls and Menopause

The International Menopause Society (IMS), in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has designated October 18 as World Menopause Day. In observation of the day, the IMS, through its organizations of Affiliated Menopause Societies, distributes sample press materials to inform women about menopause, its management and the impact of estrogen loss. World Menopause Day can also be a call to implement policies that support research and treatment in the area of menopausal health.

The IMS hopes that national societies will take the opportunity of World Menopause Day to highlight the increasing importance of menopausal health issues, by contacting the women of their country to encourage them to talk to their doctors about menopause and its long-term effects.

I Will Not Age
From Menopause the Musical

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