How many years did it take for you to pass through menopause and be able to put it behind you?
> Great topic. I thought I was the only one!
> Its one of those things you don't really
> bring up in a crowd, butt when I was in the
> throes of my pre menopausal days, I thought
> about it alot. Everything seemed to drive me
> crazy, including my kids. Their little
> habits bugged the crap out of me, and I also
> had perpetually swollen eyes for about 2
> years from crying constantly. Waterproof
> mascara was a must. My kids were ready to
> send me to Alcatraz, or somewhere far far
> away. I just sort of muddled through my mid
> life rollercoaster, and finally pulled out
> of it somewhat. What a relief. The emotional
> level I experienced while in the thick of
> it, I wouldn't wish on anybody.
> Practical tips: Exercise, exercise,
> exercise. There's something about getting
> those endorphins flowing that really helps.
> And Porcelain Doll, I think its great that
> you're asking about this now. I think one of
> the best things anyone can do who may be
> getting close to the change of life, is to
> be educated and know what you might be up
> against. Some people sail through. I didn't.
> Some people have easy births. I didn't. What
> works for some doesn't for others. So its
> great to learn all you can, and I don't know
> if it will ultimately help, though it sure
> couldn't hurt, but nutrition, vitamins,
> preventative medicine so to speak, are
> probably good keys to being ready and
> prepared for it. Don't be scared or
> fearful!! It felt like hell sometimes going
> through it, but once its over, its really
> sort of nice.