Menopause Minute: 3 ways menopause can happen to you

Menopause Minute: 3 ways menopause can happen to you

Welcome to Issue No 1| MenopauseMinute

Menopause. Change of life. Whatever you want to call it…it’s a natural part of a woman’s life cycle.

Not unlike puberty.

In fact, so much like puberty that I’ve coined it “midlife (or second) puberty.”

I knew I would some day be in the menopause season, but I thought I would be further along in age before I got here.

What I didn’t anticipate is that I would get to menopause via breast cancer.

Now that I’m here, I’ve discovered the information and help available to women in menopause is limited.

Even female medical professionals seem lost when I approach the topic.

In my conversations with other women I’ve learned they feel discouraged. Some said, hopeless.

The reason for this is because the symptoms can be hard on the body and include body dis-morphia, low self-esteem and hair loss.

Most women in menopause opt for some sort of hormone replacement therapy to help them through the process. That’s easy to get.

But cancer survivors need to avoid those drugs, because they can lead to more cancer.

While there are some recognizable “experts” on the market, you have to be rich, famous or both to tap into them.

They don’t take insurance.

Sadly, this is becoming more and more of a trend in medicine.

So, I decided to use my journalistic background and personal experience with menopause to start the conversation, right here!

Every Monday you’ll find a new topic or interview related to menopause. Please feel free to chime in.

Now, let’s get started with the basics.

3 ways menopause can arrive


  1. Medical menopause | Caused by chemotherapy or radiation đź™‹đźŹ»â€Ťâ™€ď¸Ź (that’s how I got my initiation).
  2. Surgical menopause | Hysterectomy that includes taking your ovaries.
  3. Natural menopause |As you approach your late 30s, your ovaries start making less estrogen and progesterone — the hormones that regulate menstruation — and your fertility declines. With each year it continues to decline to post menopause.

Come back next Monday where I’ll talk about how menopause affects our ability to sleep, and propose some ways we can help our body find rest.

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My Favorite Magazines to Give and Receive

My Favorite Magazines to Give and Receive

Casual reading has become a luxury that most people can’t afford–literally and figuratively. The cost of books and magazines, demanding schedules, shorter days and the never ending to do list can make it impossible to take a break.

Continue reading “My Favorite Magazines to Give and Receive”

The Media Should Stop Labeling Steven Paddock a Psychopath

The Media Should Stop Labeling Steven Paddock a Psychopath

(My heart, thoughts and prayers are with those personally impacted by the selfish act of violence in Las Vegas).

It was through a hotel room window on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, that 64-year-old Stephen Paddock started shooting at concert goers.

He killed 59 people (so far) and injured 500+ in what is now being called “the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.”

As the details of this massacre continues to unfold, reporters, police officers and survivors are labeling Paddock a “Psychopath.”

Psychopath: a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc. ~ Dictionary.Com

From a therapeutic perspective I understand this is their way of making sense of this horrible and deliberate crime.

But let’s not forget, it was a deliberate crime. It took pre-meditation. Paddock went into that hotel room with a lot of ammunition.

He was there three days. He knocked out two windows so he could cover a larger area. He shot at defenseless and innocent people including, children. He has terrorized a community and his damage has been felt across the nation.

According to a CNN interview with Paddocks brother, Eric, Stephen Paddock had no history of mental illness. He retired wealthy, had a girlfriend, was living in a nice community and enjoyed gambling.

” Stephen could afford anything he wanted and played $100-a-hand poker.” Eric said in interviews.

As I watched and listened to Eric speak, I could see the shock and confusion on his face. He says he has no idea why his brother committed that act of violence. The experts will enlighten us as time goes on.

Paddock is now dead by suicide. We may never truly know why he committed such a violent crime, especially given his age.

Regardless, labeling Paddock a psychopath minimizes his responsibility and his choice to commit that horrible crime.

And, it indirectly perpetuates discrimination against those diagnosed with a mental illness. Those properly medicated. People not considered dangerous.

I have already seen some in social media blaming medication and mental illness for this crime. And that’s what happens when people don’t understand mental illness. They make assumptions that can hurt others.

I think it’s best to call this crime what it is; murder.

Mass Murder is the act of murdering a number of people, typically simultaneously or over a relatively short period of time and in close geographic proximity. The FBI defines mass murder as murdering four or more persons during an event with no “cooling-off period” between the murders. A mass murder typically occurs in a single location where one or more people kill several others.


What is DACA?

What is DACA?

You’ve heard the acronyms and the heated debates. The he said, she said. But do you know what DACA is? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Most people including the news reporters, had no idea what any of that jargon meant until DACA became an issue. So In case, like me, you’re wondering what DACA is, here it is in a nutshell:


source CNN