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  1. Julie | This Main Line Life
    April 24, 2019 @ 9:06 am

    Great post. I keep thinking I’ve got to at least be in the beginning stages of this since I just turned 50, but so far everything’s still humming along like clockwork. Fingers crossed it’ll be a smooth transition when it happens.

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      April 24, 2019 @ 10:34 am

      Julie,
      Thank you! It may be an easy transition for you! It is for some people, and that is wonderful. Other people think they’re gonna die!!! Just like puberty, pregnancy, and childbirth are different for every woman, so is menopause! Thank you for your sweet comment and I’m so glad you’re doing well. xoxo Suzy

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  2. Lauren
    April 24, 2019 @ 11:06 am

    Hi Suzy,

    I’m so glad to see you taking on the topic of menopause. Up until very recently, it’s been a topic that felt like either a big mystery or a source of bad jokes. It seems like there’s been far less information and support for this end of our reproductive years than there was for the beginning of menstruation, so it’s great when this life transition can be talked about openly and positively.

    I plan on maintaining many of the same practices that you do in order to stay healthy through menopause and beyond. What’s great about the specific steps you’re taking is that not only will they be beneficial during “the change,” but also for the overall process of aging as well as we can.

    Blessings,
    Lauren

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      April 24, 2019 @ 11:14 am

      Lauren,
      What a sweet and thoughtful comment. You’re so right! I just didn’t see the information out there in one specific, concise place that also brought common sense to bear in the way I wanted to, so I finally just went for it! There DOES seem to be some sort of hushed mystery around the entire topic, and once I decided to do it, I knew I had to go all in. (What a shock!!! Hahaha!) I’m so glad the post was helpful to you! Blessings and hugs to you. xoxo Suzy

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  3. nylse
    April 24, 2019 @ 11:41 am

    I’m 52. Menopause snuck up on me and then I put 2 and 2 together. I have a gynecologist I can trust; she’s knowledgeable and caring. She takes time to educate me about the changes in my body. She is not aggressive in pushing treatments. I will say I took Bioidentical HRT and it is a godsend – no more hot flashes. But I’m learning that you can’t take this forever, so I’m adjusting how often I take these hormones.
    One of the pluses of menopause for me is the physical fatigue that came with my cycle has disappeared. I don’t get bone weary tired anymore and that is a huge blessing because it allows me to experience life differently. I have more energy to do what I love and to help and minister to others besides my family.
    But it is essential to take care of yourself. Whether it’s exercise or meditation…take care of your temple so that it can take care of you.

    Great post.

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      April 24, 2019 @ 11:49 am

      Nylse,
      Thank you so much for your sweet willingess to share your menopause journey! Such good wisdom, as always, my friend. What a blessing to have a caring and compassionate doctor like yours! I really think it’s one area where women sjhouldn’t compormise – they should keep looking until that find that right caregiver! Thanks again for your comment! xoxo Suzy

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  4. Carole Pope
    April 24, 2019 @ 1:01 pm

    Great post Suzy, I have actually been looking
    for something not too heavy & short & concise for my husband to read , so this is it! I sometimes think he wonders where the lady he married has gone with so many physical & mental changes going on with me!
    Huge plus (& there are not many, haha) is the reduction in my migraines as you say.
    Thanks again for tackling this!

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      April 24, 2019 @ 1:55 pm

      Carole,
      I’m so glad you’re going to pass it along to him. When my husband read it, he couldn’t believe it! I am so happy your migraines are better. It really is a blessing! So good to hear from you, sweet friend! xoxo Suzy

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  5. Robben
    April 24, 2019 @ 1:58 pm

    Hi Suzy,
    Thank you for this post. It was so great of you to remind me that it helps to focus on others as oppose to myself and my challenges. I will be taking a “this too shall pass” sort of attitude and trust my physicians if there is something serious that needs addressing. It’s just another chapter of life.
    Thank you for helping me change my prospective!
    Robben

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      April 24, 2019 @ 2:04 pm

      Robben,
      Oh, my goodness, you are just the sweetest! I’m so happy that you found it helpful.It IS just another season of life, and it will pass! Every season has its challenges – and blessings – but the importance of serving others and making a difference never really changes! Your comment was such an encouragement to me! Thank you, Robben! xoxo Suzy

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  6. Wendy Howard
    April 24, 2019 @ 3:24 pm

    Thanks for this great post! I have found Juice Plus, a whole food fruit and vegetable supplement, and a high-quality omega-3 supplement like Nordic Naturals, has helped me tremendously. I went through menopause with only a few hot flashes and really no other symptoms! Omega 3’s can definitely help with hormone support. As a registered, licensed dietitian, I recommend these two supplements to all my clients and patients since fruits and vegetables and omega 3s are our greatest nutritional deficiencies.

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      April 24, 2019 @ 3:36 pm

      Wendy,
      Thanks so much for sharing! I’m so glad you recommended these! You know I’m a believer! xoxo Suzy

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  7. Andrea Spencer
    April 26, 2019 @ 6:54 am

    Great article on an important subject where good information is often sadly lacking! I am 56 and just went through menopause at 55!! No hot flashes but horrible night sweats that constantly deprived me of sleep. Not drier skin but crazy menopausal acne at times! I have a 35 percent risk for breast cancer and am immune compromised with autoimmune issues. My specialist felt comfortable committing to prescribing HRT for me for 5 years. It has helped immensely! I wish I had asked for help sooner! One happy change with menopause has been the reduction in the number of migraines I experience. My allergies are still crazy as ever—including chronic hives and upper respiratory issues. Staying busy with projects and practicing good self-care—adequate rest, good communication, healthy lifestyle, positive attitude—make a real difference.

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      April 26, 2019 @ 9:09 am

      Andrea,
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences! It sounds like you really took control of your health and you had a good caregiver who worked well with you! I’m so happy for you. Hugs and many blessings, Suzy

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  8. Linda
    April 27, 2019 @ 7:06 pm

    Thank you for this discussion. My skin started itching and I went a physician’s assistant. He wanted to help me, however, this wasn’t a GYN P.A. He said “You better find out what this is”. I replied, “I know”. He did mention perhaps it was menopause. Yip, it was!! The good news is generic Claritin helped take the itch away along with taking cooler showers.

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    • EmptyNestBlessed
      April 27, 2019 @ 7:26 pm

      Linda,
      Wow! Thanks for sharing this! So glad you got it figured out! xoxo Suzy

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