A few weeks ago I wrote an article for the younger ladies to prepare them mentally, spiritually and physically for menopause. Linda Thompson was kind enough to allow me to interview her, who was a perfect fit as she has had a great menopause experience. Now I will give some attention to the ladies who are smack dab in the middle of hot flashes, weight gain and mood swings.
I decided to interview Patty Plante, who has been very proactive about this stage in her life. I have known Patty since I joined Family Harvest Church (FHC) in 1997. I appreciate Patty, as she has always been there for me and my family. Patty is 56 years old, married with three boys and seven grandkids. She is a Pastor at FHC, Vice President on the Board of Directors of a benevolent organization and very involved in FHC’s missions trip program. Patty has travelled around the world to places like the Philippines, Guatemala and Mexico providing children’s
ministry, dental and eye clinics, construction assistance, clean water systems, leadership training, and much more! When she’s not at church or traveling she enjoys home decorating and cooking.
How old were you when you began going through the change and what were your symptoms?
Early 40’s – mild hot flashes, emotional and trouble sleeping
How did you treat those symptoms?
I went a more natural route by using a natural progesterone cream. Dr. Colbert’s book, The Bible Cure for Menopause helped me tremendously on what to expect during this transition.
How did menopause affect your life?
It was very gradual and took around seven or so years so it seemed very mild to me. I had one difficult month (August) where I had trouble sleeping. I was also agitated and emotional.
What was the hardest thing about menopause?
The symptoms mimic hypothyroidism, which is something I deal with. At one time my thyroid was off track and then the similar symptoms of menopause hit – it felt like a double whammy. Plus I’m blonde! So I probably looked like a real whacko during that one tough month. The emotional issues were the hardest part. I would talk myself out of the feelings and thoughts using scriptures, but because it would come on so quick it was hard to catch them as they came. They would come on as quick at flipping a light switch. Somewhat like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Do you take any vitamins or supplements?
How was your energy and stress level throughout the change?
Sometimes low but I was determined to push past those feelings and thoughts. I also realized it was a lot about my attitude. If I changed my attitude and kept a positive outlook I felt better. What you believe can change your experience!
What advice would you give women who are struggling through menopause?
Don’t let this time in your life define you as a woman. There is amazing freedom when all is said and done. No PMS! I believe every transition in life brings good times and not so good times – keep your attitude right knowing that you are only getting better. God never takes anyone with a good attitude backwards. And talk about it with someone you trust, whether it be family or friends. It’s not some horrible disease that you need keep a secret.
Patty thank you for keeping it real! I agree that this topic should not be taboo, which is why I decided to dedicate a series on my blog to menopause. With Christmas coming, I can think of a few wonderful ladies I can bless with the book you recommended. Here is a link if you’d like to purchase it.
What tips and tricks do you have in your arsenal for fighting menopause symptoms?