Mental Pause

Mental Pause aka Menopause

Mental Pause aka Menopause

January 3, 2011

There are times in our lives, certain moments, when life as we know it is changed forever.  We may realize such moments with vivid clarity, or they may pass us by unaware—no matter, they happen just the same—a precise pause in the rhythm of time, as if life stops and then moves in a different direction.  For me, it was a string of moments, coming much too soon and lingering much too long.  It was quite a rift, turning my life upside down and branding me with an early menopause at the age of forty-two.

If you were to look up the meaning of menopause, you’d see something like, “…time when menstruation ends…” or “…the permanent cessation of menstruation…” But, it is so much more than that.  For me (and so many other women), ‘menopause’ was a nightmarish ride through hormone hell that I thought would never end.  The dictionary doesn’t talk about what you have to experience to get there!  It was a total mind-body-spirit grand slam, leaving my thoughts foggy, morose & agitated, zapping my energy, muscle mass & bone density, and temporarily robbing me of passion, purpose & connection (not to mention sleep!).

Thankfully (after seeing several doctors who didn’t take my symptoms seriously), I met Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, whose gift is to help women get off the “hormone hell ride” and find their way back to the merry-go-round.  You can learn more about Dr. Vliet at

Now that it’s behind me, I can see the blessings…I have emerged through the fog with a deeper appreciation for my body, my health, and for my great-grandmothers who suffered in silence.  I have a new found freedom of not needing anyone’s approval but my own.  Wow!  Such a powerful shift!  And, though I may feel free emotionally, I realize my body does have some limits.  No more taking it for granted!  I need to respect my aging mind and body (maybe running 100 miles isn’t such a good idea anymore.)

Aging well will be my new direction!

About Annette Cain

Annette Cain is an award-winning author, endurance athlete and certified personal trainer.

Known as the Longevity Lady™ Annette helps baby boomers age stronger so their bodies can keep up with their lives. Her ageless lifestyle products and programs provide an easy and balanced approach to becoming lean & limber and living younger longer.

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