The Truth about Turning 47
September 3, 2016 38 Comments
I saw this photo and it simply cracked me up -Menopause Lane right next to Erectile Dysfunction Blvd.
Almost every year on my birthday, I post about it because I like to share my gratefulness for another year of wonderful readers. Thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting on Snack Girl.
You beautiful people make this a labor of love with your constant encouragement and guidance. I will continue to be here – currently working on my “pumpkin spice” posts as are the other food bloggers – trying to come up with healthy, affordable, and fun meals and snacks.
This year, I am starting the drive down Menopause Lane and I think it is better to talk about it than be ashamed of a very natural transition. I am inspired by a much younger woman – Fu Yuanhui.
From the NYT:
The uninhibited Fu Yuanhui, the Chinese swimmer beloved for her over-the-top expressions, has made waves once again. On Saturday night in Rio, she freely discussed having her period while competing in the Olympics, breaking what has long been a taboo among female athletes.
Think about it. How many times have you heard a woman discuss her menstrual cycle on the world stage? How many times have you seen Bob Dole on TV discussing his erectile dysfunction?
Double standard? I think so.
So here I go. I am tired, cranky, my period got so heavy that it soaked through my clothes. Last week, I was on the edge of a migraine FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK. I have to watch what I eat because it seems that every cookie or bagel sticks to my midriff.
I feel like asking for a birthday cake made of kale but I won't go that far (my children would get too upset).
This menopause lane takes turns and sharp corners when I least expect it. Turning 47 is not a picnic.
On the other hand, I am healthy, my kids are in great shape and my husband is understanding. What else could I want?
Honestly, the worst part of 47 seems to be how society treats women past their childbearing years. It is like we are supposed to stop existing after we are no longer deemed “useful”. People don’t even see me so I can be invisible (which I sometimes like).
I am sharing in the hopes that others are comforted by my honesty. I do not need sympathy but I do need your continued readership of this website.
Please share any thoughts or comments on menopause.