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We worked in the same elementary school, had children that were close in age and had that unique ability to make each other laugh until we cried. That’s hard to find.
We’ve talked of fumbling tooth fairies, soccer and hockey teams, summer sports camps, strange childhood illnesses, prosthetic limbs, under-age drinking violations, birth control, college applications and what to do with a somewhat empty house. We’ve covered almost any parental topic available- and then some.
Most of our conversations over the years have certainly revolved around our children, but not anymore.
We’ve discussed several issues as of late that have forced us to look inside ourselves. They’ve ranged from painful divorce, mood swings, hot flashes and the big change. These discussions have been particularly difficult for a variety of reasons, but I think it’s because of this fact. Most women, at least the ones close to me, don’t always notice the changes that are occurring within themselves.
They don’t notice the anxiety level, the quick temper, and the mood swings that one would rather attribute to the post-teenage children that refuse to move out of the house. We’re finding that it’s not until someone who loves us points out the fact that others around us are suffering- and there’s no need for that to happen.
I had the ladies over for a luncheon several weeks ago so that we could all talk about what was happening as a group- instead of repeating the same conversation over and over with each friend. Apparently these symptoms are contagious- or we’re all the same age. Pick one.
We compared symptoms, complaints, doctor’s suggestions, great info we’ve gotten from resources that are both accurate and inaccurate. We simply believe the things we WANT to believe, and smile.
We all agreed on one thing- that we are in charge of how we feel, and that we need to take the proper steps in helping us all enjoy this next incredible part of our journey. We need to celebrate the fact that we are still here to enjoy it- and help ourselves feel awesome.
While we shared info about prescriptions that were helping, we also shared what products were helping us with our changing bodies. I was so excited to tell them about what Poise is offering, and they are excited to begin helping themselves feel better. The Poise brand’s revolutionary new feminine wellness line currently includes five products to help with the symptoms of menopause. Two that my friends and I will be looking for are the Roll-On Cooling Gel that will help us feel comfortable and refreshed when a hot flash strikes or alternatively, the Body Cooling Towelettes. These feature a portable, re-sealable package. They’re going to be easy to use anywhere we go.
We cared so much about our bodies (inside and out) when we were 16 – and we should care even more now that we’re, um, well, older than that.
Sometimes, we just need a gentle reminder.
Poise brand wants to help women approach this life stage with confidence by being the first to start The 2nd Talk, a whole new way to talk about menopause and other wellness issues for women over 40 and introducing a new, first-of-its-kind line of over-the-counter menopause products designed to work naturally with her body and provide comfort from symptoms.
Poise wants to rally 1 million women to pledge to have The 2nd Talk by World Menopause Day on October 18. Join the conversation at The2ndTalk.com.
We left the luncheon feeling that we were not alone; and proud that we had pledged to each other that we were important enough to help ourselves.
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