I've been relatively healthy for most of my life. I did get asthma in my 30s and get migraines on occasion (often associated with the start of my period or stressful times in my life). The migraines were worst in my 30s. I have two charming, beautiful, intelligent sons (okay, so I'm their mom). The sons are in their twenties now and live in the city I raised them. I moved to a city a few hours away to be with my second husband.
I love aikido, a martial art which is somewhere between the hard fighting arts like karate and the "soft" arts like tai chi. I also do yoga and try to push myself to lift weights since I found I'm losing muscle after I turned 50. I love the outdoors - walking, riding bikes and motorcycles, and gardening. I try to eat healthfully, although I do love burgers and fries.
Menopause has certainly thrown an interesting wrench in the works. I've always had periods of depression and times when I have energy and am creative, but this past year has seen extremes of these moods. I've also had some anxiety attacks whose timing coincided with heavy periods, although I'm not particularly prone to anxiety. Forgetfulness is ....what was I saying?...oh yeah forgetfulness happens a lot these days. Losing my wallet, misplacing keys, forgetting to lock the door (only once). On the other hand, I'm enjoying the freedom from pregnancy and young children. Well, I do work with children, but then I can give them back to their parents. At the same time, I find a lot more energy to nurture others, including the adults in my life. I've recently surprised myself by no longer caring that I'm mostly invisible when I walk down the street - people don't turn their heads to look at me anymore. It's fun - it makes me feel like an spy going incognito.