Meet the "Menopausal Mother"
Read about a woman who manages to take also the problems in life in a humorous way. She approaches things with a twinkle at the same time as she can be serious. And when we go through menopause, what is a better way to do it than with a good laugh, even if we need mental support from our friends?
Name: Marcia Kester Doyle
Occupation: Freelance Writer
Family: Husband, four adult children, two grandchildren
Lives in: Florida, USA
I cannot start this interview with anything else but the book Who Stole My Spandex. Just the title makes one curious, and I know you have had fine reviews. What is this funny book about and how did you come up with the story?
There were so many funny moments in our lives that I didn't want to forget. I thought that by putting all the stories together into a book, not only would the public enjoy it, but my children would have a collection of funny family stories to share and enjoy with their future generations.
You also have a blog where you greet the visitors with "Hey, Menopausal Ladies!" You are not shy talking about problems like hot flashes and other things that most women experience. Still, for many, it is very private and nothing they talk openly about. Did you ever hesitate to write about this?
I started my blog nine years ago, the same time I started menopause. I needed to know that there were other women who felt the same way that I did about the changes that were happening to my body and my mind frame. In a way, the blog offers support and relief through humorous musings.
I have had many women reach out to me to say how the blog has helped them restore their sanity after going through some wild mood swings during menopause. If I can help finish each woman's day with a laugh, then I know I have done my job.
Do you have women from other countries as well visiting your blog? If you do, would you say it is a difference in culture how open we are about menopausal problems?
I live in the U.S. where we are pretty open about aging and menopause, but a large portion of my blog readers and followers on social media are from England. The English women are also very open to talking about menopause, and they seem to have a great sense of humor about aging.
Then I have had some women private message me from other European countries with questions. Several said they did not feel comfortable confiding in their doctor or their husband about the menopausal issues they were experiencing. I try to help them by lending emotional support whenever it is needed.
You have other projects as well, so what is on the agenda at the moment?
I write a mix of things: humor pieces, reported pieces, self-help articles, and personal essays. I'm also still writing on my blog regularly and running a humor page on Facebook called "Menopausal Mother". I am in a very good spot in my life right now, doing all the things that I love most. I can honestly say this is the happiest chapter of my life, and I look forward to many more years of writing and sharing humor!
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