My Journey through the Land of Menopause
By Gazelle Simmons-Moore
I started my journey right after my 35th birthday. I woke up in the middle of the night to my hair being wet, my PJs sticking to my body, my pillow and the bed were wet as well. I crept around my bedroom, striving not to awaken my husband as I search for a towel, clean clothes and all while striving to figure out what had happened. I returned to bed, went back to sleep thinking I should probably talk to my doctor about what happened.
When I awoke the next morning, I went about life and forgot all about the incident until 6 months later when it happened again. Told myself I should talk to someone then kept going. After another 4 months, it happened again and within a few months it was happening several times a week. Along with the night sweats, I couldn’t seem to remember anything, everything got on my last nerve and I couldn’t remember being comfortable in my skin.
As I was speaking to one of my girlfriends, she remarked that I sounded like her mother. I naturally asked what was wrong with her mother. She was going through menopause. I dismissed menopause and not being possible at 35 years old but decided to find out more about menopause.
I turned to the Internet and gained the knowledge of peri-menopausal. I’d never heard of such a thing and read all I could get my hands on. After some extensive research, I discovered that I could indeed be peri-menopausal at 35 and with the knowledge of the enemy within, I sought to find a cure or at least a way to live with it.
Finding out I could treat my symptoms through natural remedies, I headed off to the local health food store with a list of things recommended to take. Black Cohosh, Evening Primrose, Soy, Red Clover, and Wild Yam to start along with a good multi-vitamin sounded like a good place to start. For the brain fogginess, I started taking Gingko Biloba. For the lack of energy, I added Ginseng. For sleeping issues, I added Melatonin.
Needless to say, within a month of starting this regimen, I noticed that I was feeling much better. After 60 days, I was back to my old self and I’ve been on this regimen for the last several years. I did start exercising and dropped 40 pounds and 8 dress sizes. I continue to exercise 4-5 times a week for at least an hour. I’ve removed sugar, flour, processed foods, caffeine, sodas and any unnecessary stress from my life as well.
When people ask me how I’m getting through it all, I remember to laugh a lot, keep things in perspective and remember that this too shall pass. Thank you Chandler for letting me know there was a place I could tell my story and hopefully help another woman not to feel alone as she finds out what menopause is all about. Today, I’m 43, remarried, enjoying life and thanking God for all the women in this world who like me, have learned to live through their journey into the land of menopause.