Yes, I’m very glad we moved. I doubt I’d have had a screening appointment yet if I’d still been back in Surrey.
I do agree with you about embracing your age. At every stage of my life I’ve always been happy to be the age I am - life is all about constant change and moving forward. People who try desperately to cling to their youth miss so many of the wonderful things about growing older. Which is not to say I have any intentions of sitting in a bath-chair with a blanket over my knees, yet - I fully intend to grow old disgracefully. And I intend to stay as fit as I can so that I can enjoy all life has to offer - yoga every morning, running three times a week and lots and lots of walking. I’m not slowing down - but I am going grey and I do have wrinkles and I don’t care - I’ve earned them.
It sounds as if you’ve had a hard time with the menopause. I’m lucky in that I got away with that very lightly but I do think it’s a neglected area - one of the ones where professionals don’t listen to what their patients are saying. For some reason doctors (male and female) just don’t seem to take on board some of the things we say. I won’t bore you with the details but back in the 80s I was being investigated for amenorhhoea and whatever had caused that had also caused me to lose weight (after my periods stopped), which was very scary. Seeing a thin young woman every doctor I saw assumed I was anorexic. No matter how many times I told them I hadn’t tried to lose weight and was really scared by the weight loss, they assumed I was lying. One even sent me for an ovarian scan to prove I was anorexic (apparently ovaries of anorexic women shrink). The scan showed my ovaries were normal size but I had polycystic ovary disease. When he got the result the specialist just said, “I still think it’s weight loss” and did nothing about the PCO. I wanted to scream - maybe I should have, perhaps then someone would have listened. Let’s hope the kind of hubs you mention get off the ground - at least there would be a chance of their being staffed by professionals who are prepared to listen to women.
Thank you for your kind words. I’m not overly anxious yet - just waiting for the next biopsy resuIt and enjoying life. I hope you continue to stay well and enjoy life too.