For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for February 18, 2023

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    Templo S.U.D.  about 1 year ago


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    howtheduck  about 1 year ago

    And here begins what will be Elly Patterson’s first mention of her menopause that she will suffer with for the next 21 years. 21 years of bothering everyone else.

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    AllishaDawn  about 1 year ago

    I had hot flashes and sleepless nights a few times a year starting in my early 30s.

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    GirlGeek Premium Member about 1 year ago

    I read ahead, this is when Elly gets annoying for the next month

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    yaakovashoshana  about 1 year ago

    I remember going through that. My doctor wanted to put me on HRT, but I declined. The hot flashes weren’t severe enough to really bother me. As for mood swings, well, I put up with everyone else’s moods. I decided they could just deal with mine for a change.

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    Macushlalondra  about 1 year ago

    Oh you know a hot flush (not flash, a flash is a little thing, a flush is what really happens!) when you have one. You feel like you suddenly walked into a sauna. They’re uncomfortable but usually not unbearable. Then there are the good old night sweats. Again not unbearable but I have heard of women who woke up with soaked pillowcases and sheets. The best thing is the cessation of that lovely wonderful time of the month. Now that’s nice!

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    LeslieBark  about 1 year ago

    I had a hysterectomy in 1986 and went on HRT—no problem…until my doctor began cutting me back. Now I’m down to half of the smallest pill 6 times a week. And I have hot flushes every 3-4 hours, sometimes so strong that I’ll sit naked under a ceiling fan … in a 65 degree room. BTW, I’m 78 years old. Not looking forward to summer!

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    Wren Fahel  about 1 year ago

    When my mother hit the Big M, I knew nothing. I only knew that my sweet, loving mother would sometimes pull a Jekyll & Hyde. It was scary & confusing. When the Big M hit me, I decided to be transparent with my daughters, giving them information as it was happening so that they’d know why…although I wasn’t hit with anger; it hit me with depression, which I could keep a handle on. This way they wouldn’t be afraid of it happening to them as I was.

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    M2MM  about 1 year ago

    I had instant menopause by having all “my works” removed. I’m now using Estrogel to keep from suffering the “M” symptoms. I feel so much better and SANER! :D

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    Johnnyrico  about 1 year ago

    About time. Another Patterfoob springing forth from Elly’s womb would rip apart the Space-Time Continuum, leading to a chain reaction which would destroy the entire universe… although the damage might just be contained to our own galaxy… if we’re lucky..

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member about 1 year ago

    Remember Archie from All in the Family…..”Edith…….!”

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    ladykat  about 1 year ago

    Menopause isn’t funny, and it can carry on for years and years. I’m 68 and I still get the occasional hot flash.

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    mindjob  about 1 year ago

    The big M is followed by the big D

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    stamps  about 1 year ago

    Shouldn’t it be called womenopause?

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    g04922  about 1 year ago

    LOL…. but, on the bright side, no more toddlers to sap the energy you no longer have.

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    kaycstamper  about 1 year ago

    40s seems kind of young for that.

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    stev dieringer Premium Member about 1 year ago

    i used to comment on an elder person’s birthday that they were not getting older, just more polished with use. then i had a 95yoa woman respond: “sonny, we call that erosion.”

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    metagalaxy1970  about 1 year ago

    It starts with peri-menopause. I had that for 10 years. I’m estrogen dominate and only have had flushes once in a blue moon. Now I’m full into menopause and still no hot flashes.

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    JanLC  about 1 year ago

    My mother told me that she started menopause at age 55. She never had hot flashes or mood swings, just the cessation of the monthly curse. So I thought I would be spared, too. I guess I got my father’s genes instead of mom’s because I had hot flashes for 10 years. And they started up again after my breast cancer surgery two years ago.

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    T...  about 1 year ago

    Let’s just pause for a meno…

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    kab2rb  about 1 year ago

    For me I do not think had any issues not even hot flashes. when time came and I stopped my body celebrated.

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    CoreyTaylor1  about 1 year ago

    If Helly Patterson bothers everyone else, then she’s been menopausal since the day after she married John, so how do Mike, Liz, and April even exist!?

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    kamoolah  about 1 year ago

    How about Elizabeth’s big M: Menarche?

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    phoenixnyc  12 months ago

    The real problem is that Ellie has two teenagers and a toddler, which in and of themselves make for sleepless nights….

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