My autobiographical, humorous look at the world, “The Darling Menopause”, begins in August 2014. Set in sunny Dar es Salaam… I chronicle my menopausal journey of the past 4 years to date, from my perspective and from that of my (now), 9 year-old daughter.
I have gone from thinking I was suffering from Alzheimer’s, to learning that “the change’ lasts 10 years, and that there are 49 symptoms, in addition, to, the only one I knew about then, hot flushes. Everyone comes on trips with me to various doctors and hit and miss treatments, until I finally see a menopause specialist. But even then it is not all plain sailing.
It is enough to lead a woman to swearing and outing herself.
I have found out that there is patchy, inconsistent information available. Mostly terrifying, especially if you are of a sensitive disposition like me.
Doctors are NOT trained in addressing the 50 or so symptoms that can come up and bite you on the bottom. Standard HRT is used, as if there are standard women. Even worse, lavender and hot milk are still recommended.
There are great Menopause Blogs around, mostly medical based. I want to complement these, with humour. In turn, I hope to raise awareness with a wider audience of women and men.
Someone asked me last week, “have you finished yet”? “No”, I replied merrily, “I have 6 more years to go”. The Darling Menopause is here to stay.
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