October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Self-exams and mammograms are the two most effective ways to catch unusual changes in your breasts which can signify breast cancer. I like to refer to my annual mammogram as “The Annual Pressing of the Breasts.” It gives the event an air of solemnity and reverence

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When I googled “winter fashions for women” the first thing that popped up was an ad with the headline, “Styles for Mature Women: Classic, Quality Clothing!” I got all huffy at the presumption that any part of me is mature or classic, but I was curious enough to click on the link anyway. The mature woman on the home page was wearing a turtleneck sweater like one I used to own several years ago before I had a hot flash

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My upper lip has become the Unholy Trinity of Misery. Though I am not a religious person, I recognize evil when I see it. Allow me to share why my upper lip causes such misery. Let me introduce you to the concept of Ladystache: Definition of LADYSTACHE lād-ē-staSH noun 1: The appearance of hair above the upper lip of an individual who identifies as female. 2: A stripe of discolored skin, or a substance, on the upper lip of a

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Things are changing inside my body. I suspect it's that peri-menopause thing setting in.  Sort of like a special kind of global warming for women over 40. It started with hot flashes. Suddenly, out of nowhere, my body feels like it's on fire. I start sweating profusely. I grab the nearest piece of paper that I can turn into a fan. If I’m in the grocery store, I stick my head in the freezer compartment and get really familiar with

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