Welcoming Another Menopause Maniac: Cheryl

Hello! I loved reading Teresa’s posts. I reckon we’ll get along right well, and learn from each other, to boot! I’m Cheryl, and I’m a Menopause Maniac, too.

But that’s not all I am. I’m a single mom of three, ages 12 to 19, and I’m a 4th grade elementary school teacher. I love kids, and one of the scariest things about menopause is the idea that I won’t be able to have any more.

I’ve been peri-menopausal for several years now, and I reckon it’s getting to the point of saying that I’m outright menopausal. I’ve got a few other medical issues, mostly bowel related, and I probably don’t eat or exercise like I ought to. I’m trying to work on that, but I don’t seem to have a whole lot of willpower for it.

All my symptoms have really gotten in the way of my home-time harmony, and I don’t dare guess what my students say about me behind my back. I actually had one student tell me, after I was out for a day to see my doctor, that she wanted the substitute back, because she was nice. That really hurt, but looking back at things, I can’t really blame the child.

I forget things so often now, that whenever anyone has to be told something two or more times in just a few minutes, my little girl calls it a “Mom moment.”   I get headaches, horrible headaches, that just make me want to close myself off in my bedroom away from my kids. And at night, when I am alone in my bedroom, I can’t sleep.

There are hot flashes, too. My son and I always seem to be at war with the thermostat.  Every time I turn around, he’s got it hotter again. It’s particularly bad, because I used to like the heat, too. I’m a real GRITS (that’s Girl Raised in the South, for you non-southerners out there), so I was really accustomed to it. We didn’t have AC when I was growing up. But I just can’t take it any more.

I’ve got a whole lot more to say, but I reckon I’ve done an alright job introducing myself.  So let’s just keep the rest for later. It’s good to anticipate things, right?

That’s all for now. Take care, y’all!



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  • Teresa

    Welcome to the Mania, Cheryl! It’s great to have you!