Monday, February 27, 2006

My Menopause Blog: Media Release

Guelph, Canada: March 1, 2006
For Immediate Release

Menopause Blog is Hot

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada recently reported that approximately four million Canadian women have now reached menopause. By 2026, it is estimated that women over the age of 50 will make up 22 per cent of the Canadian population. Statistic presented by the North American Menopause Society tells a similar story for U.S. women.

In short, the women of the world are heating up. Many of these women are looking for understanding, information and relief.

Sue Richards, author of MyMenopauseBlog.com was one of those women. After becoming a member of the peri-menopausal club and having no clue of what was happening, Richards started on a quest for knowledge about symptoms, natural remedies and treatments.

"My first need was to confirm I wasnÂ’t going crazy. After I calmed down and accepted my new life stage, I simply wanted a heads up on what I could expect and what to do."

Richards decided to do her own research and share the results with other women by way of a blog, an on-line weblog, she writes daily. Blog popularity is currently surging. Technorati, the top blog authority, tracks over 28 Million blogs, in a blogosphere that is doubling in size every 5 and a half months.

Richards' blog postings include valuable information about the stages and symptoms of menopause, including details of clever and amusing ways to deal with the 'change'. Her trademark 'smart humor' is liberally sprinkled throughout the posts, along with cartoons and Richards' photographs. A social science graduate from the University of Guelph, she honestly delves into the psychology of menopause and aging offering insights and asking questions. Books and products that cross her path, get reviewed.

My Menopause Blog started quietly in July 2005 as a Blogger blog. In February 2006, after Richards found she had developed a following of readers, the blog moved to its new domain, www.mymenopauseblog.com, with a refreshed look and new features thanks to Barking Dog Studios of Guelph.

Publisher of the fine art photography, breast health calendar Breast of Canada, Richards is no stranger to the 'dome of silence and shame' that gets mixed into women's health issues. Using her creative sensibilities, writing skill and social entrepreneur tendencies, Richards hopes that My Menopause Blog will serve as a touchstone for women who need to know that they will survive and that they are not alone.

"I feel so much better since I started the blog. If nothing else, my attitude has improved and I'm not as confused about what is going on with my body anymore. Plus I'm so much more open about this whacky experience. If I'm having a hot flash, I don't try to hide it. In fact, I'm working on a meno-stripper routine," jokes Richards.

Other MyMenopauseBlog.com features include Club Meno, a listing of links to other menopausal bloggers, paid advertising by Google, a comprehensive post filing system of specific categories, over 160 posts and a place for readers to leave their comments.

For more information about MyMenopauseBlog.com please contact:
Sue Richards at: artjam@artjam.org

Link: http://www.mymenopauseblog.com
Link: http://www.breastofcanada.com

Sue Richards

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Sunday, February 05, 2006

My Menopause Blog: Hot Flash! I've Moved

Dear Friends of My Menopause,

No longer will I be posting on this site.

Instead, I will be offering up my take, tips and talk on menopause at:

www.mymenopauseblog.com

That's www.mymenopauseblog.com.

I'm still tidying up over there, but you sure are welcome to drop by.

Sue Richards


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Thursday, February 02, 2006

My Menopause Blog: Computer Angst

My sexy new blog skin is almost ready to be hatched.

The team at Barking Dog Studios have done a sweet job with every little detail. I suspect you fine readers will be swooning when we go live.

Still, even with a team of pros, I am a bag of nerves when it comes to any of my work that requires computer technology. I can change the oil in my car, but when faced with an email error message...this chick is in the dark, huddled in a corner, with the edge of her blankie stuck in her mouth.

It all stems back to my first and only university level computer course. So keen was I too learn this 'new' way of communicating, way back in 1981, certain that I would excel, what with my excellent marks in typing, math and accounting tucked under my beaded belt. Within the second class, my confidence started dripping from ever pore. Nothing made sense. I started doing double time classes, hired a tutor, lived in the computer lab, only to end with a spectacular 32% final mark.

Thirty two percent screams: Not a fucking clue.

I hid it all rather well simply by jumping into more art and psychology courses, which I did have a natural handle on. But the damage was clearly done. My fear of computers penetrated deep into my consciousness.

Perhaps the next time I have a flash...like in about 15 minutes, I should cast my mind back to that shameful time and see if I can burn that debilitating memory to cinders.

I do hate it when I still react to things that happened 25 years ago.

Sue Richards

I've moved to: www.mymenopauseblog.com

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

My Menopause Blog: Sterilizing Myself

Leslie thinks that the heat from hot flashes keeps germs down and illness at bay. She could very well have a point.

Moist heat may be just the thing to keep flu and colds away but I fear that it's the perfect condition for mold and fungi. So, after I'm heated into a lather, I will diligently perform a lemon rinse to rid myself of spores.

Fruit flies will be another issue.

Sue Richards

I've moved to: www.mymenopauseblog.com


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