Since our co-publisher Jo shared her personal struggle with hormones and asked for you to share your own experiences we’ve had an overwhelming response. Below is the first in a series of first-person accounts from our readers. We hope that by sharing these you’ll find some comfort in knowing you’re not going through this alone.
I read your blog and I wept: finally someone ‘gets it’.
So in addition to all the weird (but natural but also disconcerting) changes I – we – am/are going through and dealing with, the biggie for me is insomnia.
I have no problems falling asleep but I can’t seem to stay asleep. I can be found prowling around the house at 2am like a lonely, slightly demented ghost.
It’s not night sweats that wake me up, it’s just, god alone knows what. Anxiety? Hyper active brain? I don’t know.
That’s just it though. The glaring, gaping hole that is lack of information around our (older, female) health. No one seems to know, or care.
Many a morning, I can be found ranting at my bleary-eyed husband about how if this was an issue that plagued a more glamorous demographic, there would be money pouring into its research.
My doctor is useless. Useless.
So the only thing that helps is if I work myself to the bone during the day then and only then I can wake up at a decent hour of 4am. It’s not always possible to work the same amount everyday though.
So the one day I don’t, I’m up, like today, at midnight, which means I don’t have the energy to work to the point of fatigue which then means we are looking at another dark night of the soul.
It’s a curse.
I am so glad you have taken up the mantel for all of us.
Don’t get me started on the memory issues.
Hugs and in solidarity,
@storiesbyjamila on Instagram ♥️
- If you have a story to share about your struggles with hormones, we’d love to hear from you. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.