My Plan: To record my journey through hysterectomy (pre-op, post-op), surgical menopause, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (bHRT), and the ups and downs of everyday life.
My Hope: That in blogging I find therapy for this transition period. And maybe, my ramblings will help other women who are going through similar situations. Or, at times, at least make them laugh.
My Life: I am a wife and mom. Married 20 something years to a loving, nerdy, smart, adorable, and at times annoying man. Together raising 4 compassionate, brainy, creative, sassy, comical, and….at times, annoying children. Almost every day I wonder how I could have been so blessed to have these 5 individuals in my life. On other days, I have to wonder “WTH??!!” Regardless, I would not trade any of them for the world.
I am a poser farm girl. Living on 4+ acres with a garden that often grows more weeds than vegetables. Free range chickens and geese who have somehow managed to avoid the oven. (OK, no real mystery. They have names.) A horse who needs a companion other than the geese. (I’m thinking a goat or two). A border collie/aussie shepherd mix who loves herding chickens. A beagle mix who is completely useless but lovable. And cats. TOO many cats. Not going to talk about the cats.
I am a student. A non-traditional (read “older”) student working towards a degree in human services/social work. Yes, I picked this degree because “I want to help.” Not sure how this is going to work as I find people incredibly annoying.
I am a budding amateur/hobby photographer. Learning as I go. I have loved taking photos for 26 years. Yet I have never truly learned my way around my cameras. It seems I just have a knack for capturing some good stuff. Looking forward to what I will turn out once I know what I’m doing.
I am a laugher. I love to laugh. I love making people laugh and yet I am almost always surprised when it happens. I am grateful to be surrounded by friends and family who make me laugh on a near daily basis.
Laughter is healing. My hope is that I will laugh my way through the next few months. I have no doubts that there will be pain and frustration. I know there will be a LOT of tears. But with loving family and friends who make me laugh and therapeutic ranting/ blogging, I have faith this next journey, although bumpy, will be positive.
“Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” Truvy Jones. Steel Magnolias.