Thursday, April 4, 2013

Calming the winds of change with Poise - And, a Give-Away!




05/09: Poise has let me know that comment #102,
Elizabeth Owens is our winner! Congratulations to her
and, thank you to everyone for your wonderful feedback!

When BlogHer recommended I join other bloggers in a campaign sponsored by Poise that encourages women to discuss menopausal changes more openly through their 2nd Talk program, I couldn't agree fast enough! Why? Because too many women my age never had the first talk with their moms and, in my opinion, our second change in life is simply too important to ignore or risk having vital questions answered by our often equally uniformed friends... Like many of us did when we were twelve. Been there, done that! And, if you think this post isn't for you because you're not there yet... Keep reading!

Did you know that more than fifty million women across North America are approaching or experiencing menopause and that each most likely has an average of five menopausal symptoms? Of course, no two experiences are exactly alike; therefore, that's why I'm even more grateful for resources like the one we have in the caring people behind Poise products, which help women stay fresh and comfortable.  

I first discovered Poise in 2005 after the panty liners I'd used every day since I was thirteen years old stopped being enough to control light bladder leakage during my workouts. Truthfully, this began in my mid-twenties after giving birth to my sons. Nevertheless, once I reached my late thirties and the issue became less tolerable, I reached for Poise.

See this package I just grabbed from my bathroom?

It's finally the last package of my six-year old stockpile! As you can see from my photos of their current packaging, Poise has changed a little since I bought ten cases back in 2005... Why did I buy so much? Because Poise panty liners worked so well to control my light bladder leakage and kept me so dry and fresh, I wasn't willing to risk being without them. Ever!

Thankfully, Poise liners were never discontinued and today, their line of products has only grown and improved since my discovery! Speaking of discoveries... I first learned about puberty after finding a box of Kotex pads hidden in my mom's closet when I was ten years old. I read with interest the side panel that talked about a woman's time of the month and how Kotex could be relied upon to keep her feeling confident all day. It didn't make complete sense to me at the time but learning that the parent company of Kotex is the same company that brings us Poise and Depend assures me that Kimberly-Clark has us women, (and men) covered for all stages of our lives.

Just after my 40th birthday, blood tests revealed I was pre-menopausal so I called my mom for advice. It's funny how much better we are able to communicate about such things since my teenage years! And, although I am blessed beyond measure to have my mother to confide in, I strongly recommend the Poise website as a close second to your mom and certainly for any woman shy about discussing these issues. Me? I'm not shy. I own this 47-year old body and I'll do whatever it takes to figure it out and manage my menopause naturally.

Navigating the symptoms of menopause can be uncomfortable. The truth is, some of the decisions we face concerning our hormonal well-being can be pretty daunting. However, in terms of products meant to help us preserve our dignity, boost our confidence and provide comfort, Poise has women covered!

If you haven't already tried the Poise Body Cooling Towelettes, you must! They help by providing hot flash comfort with an instant cooling sensation!


The 2013 Product of the Year award-winning Poise Feminine Wellness line was introduced so all women may approach changes confidently!
The line includes:
Roll-On Cooling Gel and Body Cooling Towelettes
Personal Lubricant
Panty Fresheners and Feminine Wash

Poise... It's for me and, it's for you!

Visit the Poise Facebook page to learn more about the Poise
Feminine Wellness Line and sign up for a coupon or sample.

 Now, about that Give-away!

How are you approaching life's changes confidently? I want to know and, Poise wants to know too!

To enter, just leave a comment below sharing as much or as little as you'd like. Every comment will automatically be entered for a $100 Visa gift card that will be awarded by BlogHer.

Remember to include your e-mail address where prompted, (e-mail addresses are not published) so that BlogHer will know how to contact you - Good Luck!

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 4/04/13-4/30/13.

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116 comments:

  1. I'm leaving a comment. Because I hate menopause. I hate sneezing. I hate laughing. I hate being hot--not in a good way hot. I hate not being able to lose weight. Mayboe Poise will fix this?

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  2. Oh my this is going to sound weird coming from an older woman like myself to you younger ladies. Back in my pre puberty days, my siblings and I were out at the corn crib shelling corn for the farm animals, when our mom came out and called my sister and I to the back of the building. She simply stated when we got 12 years old we would have a period, then went back to the house. The only thing I knew about a period was that little dot at the end of a sentence. You can tell that little bit of information went right over my head. Well about a year later, I was at my Aunt's house to help her clean for expected company and was having a dream that a man was stabbing me in my stomach. When I awoke there was a lot of blood on the bed and I started screaming. My Aunt came in and explained it all to me fixed me up with strips of an old sheet and safety pins. Then we cleaned house. Sorry for the graphic talk but that's the way it happened. Along the way in life everything was going great until an accident and it gave me the sneeze and pee disease. Poise has been in my life for a long time. I've tried other less expensive ways to protect myself and to my dismay they will not hold a candle to Poise. I did learn you get what you pay for and I'll gladly pay for my Poise. Next came menopause. It put a pause in my life alright. Every symptom imaginable plagued me for years. Then 10 years ago it all stopped and I was thankful for that. The degradation I experienced during menopause was enough for a lifetime. But I still have to wear a pad and I'm so glad I have my Poise for the leakage I deal with constantly. All I can say in ending my comment is Thank You Poise for making a better than excellent product for women who experience life's trials with our body's plumbing works.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your love for Poise, I've been thinking about trying it for a while, but don't know anyone else who has.

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  4. I'm not crazy about all the side effects of getting older... but... its better than the alternative!

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  5. I'm 45 and still regular like clockwork every 28 days. I hope when menopause starts I won't think I'm pregnant LOL.

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  6. I'm embracing lifes changes as a part of life. I try to look at things positively, though at times I muddle through, but for the most part, I accept that these changes are a part of life.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. I tweeted:https://twitter.com/peg42/status/320247919947157504
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. I wake up every single day excited to tackle a new day and a new challenge.
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  9. I am taking vitamins and evening primrose oil. I also make sure I get enough sleep

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  10. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/320278568468885504

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  11. I am approaching life's changes confidently by staying healthy and positive, by going on nature walks and eating lots of fruits and vegetables.

    Kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  12. tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydinpa/status/320298754727092224

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  13. I'm mostly trudging along and accepting each day as it comes. I'm taking vitamins.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  14. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/320313060638216192

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  15. Think still in a bit of shock I went into early menopause. I had thyroid cancer, had surgery and radiation, then on suppression therapy. Apparently can happen but no Dr. ever said it to me. So just when we were talking about having a 2nd child my body quits an dries up -- literally. In a sad mode right now but trying to find my way out of it confidently right now.
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  16. I keep a positive attitude and try to stay inspired and active each day.

    SamneneD@aol.com

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  17. Change is coming at every stage of life, like it or not. I choose to embrace it and try to enjoy new experiences and opportunities.

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  18. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/320563341997268992

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  19. Might as well put a positive spin on change. It's coming as sure as the sun rises every morning!

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  20. I am trying to keep a positive attitude and I am taking vitamins!
    reklaw422 at hotmail dot com

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  21. I am reading a lot and learning from those who have walked the walk before me.
    elysesw@aol.com

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  22. I just started having hot flashes and night sweats about 6 months ago. And migraines, which are terrible. So far I'm just muddling through and hoping this goes by fast. I need to check these Body Cooling Towelettes out.

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  23. tweet
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/320632240885362688

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  24. I am approaching life's changes with some concern, but I am eating right, getting a bit of exercise, really trying to take care of myself, to make the change easier.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  25. 2nd entry tweet - https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/320651012769734656
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  26. By simply rolling with the changes and doing what needs to be done to take care of any problems that come up :)

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  27. I've had a few pre-menopausal symptoms, and they are no fun. As some others have said, weight loss is much more difficult (near impossible) at this age. 'm just hoping I'll have a grandchild soon to take my mind off of menopause ;)

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  28. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/amylou61/status/320663114309849088

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  29. I'm excepting the changes my body is going through hot flashes and all. I'm trying to eat more healthier and excercise

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  30. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/320681739771064322

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  31. I am fine, so far. I had the night sweats 6 years ago and nothing since other than some light incontinence. I just hit 50 so I am sure the rest of menopause should be hitting me any time now. It's about the age my Mom started going through it. I just hope I handle it as gracefully.

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  32. I tweeted https://twitter.com/2BeFitBy50/status/320733296046792704

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  33. I'm not quite there yet, but I'm trying to lose weight and eat healthier so that it will be easier when the time comes.

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  34. I'm not quite there yet but I will feel confident knowing there will be help out there with these products!!
    shiebs24[at]gmail[dot]com

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  35. https://mobile.twitter.com/Shiebs24/status/321452799147769858
    Shiebs24[at]gmail[dot]com

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  36. I actually used the threat of post-meno weight gain as a reason to start eating healthier and using better portion control. I'm 15 lb lighter than before menopause...and much more confident!

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  37. I try to stay consistent with exercise, and I dress in layers for those days when I'm hotter than usual!
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

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  38. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/321778436580466688

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  39. I'm trying to eat better and work out as much as possible. Sometimes it's so difficult, and things come up, but I'm still trying! I have PCOS so there's already hormonal problems within. You can just do the best you can with what you're dealt.

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  40. By being happy with who I am and where I am in life, I embrace whatever happens in my life!
    stigay at comcast.net

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  41. I'm not there yet and hopefully won't be for awhile, but I hope to face it the same way I do other big changes in life with a little bit of humor and a lot of love from those around me. onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  42. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/322533168810950656 onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  43. By accepting life as it is and looking for positives
    Thanks! Janna JOhnson jannajanna@hotmail.com janna@feedyourpig on gfc

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  44. I keep up with daily exercises and have balanced meals to prepare for life's changes.

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  45. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/322568060106047489

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  46. with extra sleep and positive affirmations! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  47. I'm approaching them with the knowledge that I've enjoyed life so far, so what if it gets a bit more complicated as I age :)

    mjf926 at gmail dot com

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  48. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/MelindaJoy926/status/322762018627125248

    mjf926 at gmail dot com

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  49. I always tell myself" We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us" stay positive
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  50. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/322833060972347392
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  51. life changes are inevitable so all you can do is deal with it!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  52. i tweeted here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/323481576610611200

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  54. Lots of long walks to keep my sanity!

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    1. I think this would b one of the best ideas!The walks. I want to try some cooling products from poise. I am so tired and get the sweatiness. marlou5776@gmail.com

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  55. I'm just taking it one day at a time and hoping the changes don't come too soon!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  56. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/323946583882346496
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  57. Batlorry@gmail.com
    I blogged http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2013/04/poise.html

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  58. Batlorry@gmail.com
    I zipped right through menopause. The secret is knowledge and attitude.

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  59. As I approach 40, I'm getting more exercise and more calcium in my diet.
    aleksnearing gmail com

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  60. One moment at a time but the best I can with all I got.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  61. As slow as possible, one moment at a time is how I am doing it.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  62. Tweeted here also, I think I left to many comments, I did not know they were going in.

    https://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/326999660445192192

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  63. I am trying to eat healthy and exercise more, I am having to wear pantyliners everyday, tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  64. I read your info and have never realized you could get a blood test that would show that you were in menopause. My mom hid in the bathroom and smoked Salems during this time bless her heart~ we all need to learn healthier ways to get thru it. My periods feel " lost " dont know when to come and go! Heavy ones light ones.Im very tired and fall asleep EASY. For sweats I will try some of the poise cooling down products Thanks.

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  65. Well I think exercise is probably best and getting proper rest. Taking vitamins trying Poise product cooling towels. Sharing experiences with those dealing w it.Im real tired get the sweats periods are sporadic light and heavy.

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  66. I'm doing one day at a time and learning all I can about menopause.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  67. i love poise products!
    kayleefaith1228@aol.com

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  68. I am trying to do the best I can.
    I have my days. I try to relax and help my parents who are older. But I do come home exhausted.
    I do have a standing acupuncture appt that helps me relax.
    Maureen
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  69. I'm trying to stay in the best shape and best health that I can, so I'm ready for any upcoming changes!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  70. I tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/XArea51/status/328312148314968064

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

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  71. I just try to take each day as it comes and try to adjust to the changes!

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

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  72. I am trying to remember that this to shall pass. I take cool showers and keep refreshed.

    mendyd15 at yahoo dot com

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  73. I’m trying to exercise and take my vitamins daily. I’m really trying to do better and stay healthy since I'm over 40. Lately I’ve been having night sweats.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  74. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/328322796847501312
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. one day at a time and do the best you can - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  76. I'm well past menopause but I still pee my pants regularly. I keep a nice big supply of extra absorbent pads for the times I'm out in public and panty liners for home use.
    It pays to be prepared.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  77. I plan to approach this next phase of life determined to enjoy it, and to take full advantage of the extra time I have now that our children no longer live at home!

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  78. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/328746646391361536

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  79. I'm taking better care of my blood pressure and trying to keep a stronger attitude of gratitude.

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  80. I'm approaching this new chapter in my life more confidently and more aware of my body than I've ever been.

    Poise products has a lot to do with my ability to manage the changes so thank you!

    e-mail address:
    terryplants(at)aol.com

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  81. I've grown to accept that my body has changed, but it has created so many things!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  82. Change is going to happen. You should treat your body the best you can and be ready!!

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  83. everyone gets older it to go with it and make the changes that your body needs

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  84. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/328884337959370752

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  85. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/328884337959370752

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  86. I'm honestly not very confident with all lifes changes at this time but I try to stay positive and focused and my family and life passions to keep me motivated.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  87. I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/328940568971464705
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  88. I try to keep in shape so any changes will come smoothly to me, I'm almost there lol!

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway

    monicamezaa@yahoo.com

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  89. I just try to remember that there’s something to be learned from every experience.

    phall0106 at yahoo dot com

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  90. I realize that attitude is all about how you approach things in life and I am approaching change with a sense of excitement about this new phase of my life

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

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  91. here is the link for my tweet:

    https://twitter.com/thriftymaven/status/328996799341809664

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

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  92. I am just taking it as it comes. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and love myself as I am.

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  93. Due to medications and thyroid problems I went through menopause earlier than expected. It was fast and not too bad – hot flashes were, however, a weird experience. Vitamins and evening primrose oil helps. Mainly – keep your sense of humor!
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  94. https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/329039423016689664
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  95. i try to just eat well n not worry.hate my teeny tiny bladder though! lol
    howardreviews atgmaildotcom

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  96. I'm changing with life..but I'm not letting life change me! I'm just giving it my all and remembering that I'm doing it for my family.

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey
    ashummz05(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  97. Tweet: https://twitter.com/ashmo90/status/329119691954069505

    -Ashley Marie Morrissey
    ashummz05(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  98. I try to stay active and use bronzer. Bronzer is my key to confidence

    elizzzzzabeth at yahoo dot com

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  99. Take each day as it comes and keep a healthy lifestyle!!

    rachelmarietravis at gmail do tcom

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  100. I'm taking it one day at a time

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  101. I wish I was confident, but it is not in my genetic makeup. I was raised to fear everything and aging is no different. I abhor all the changes taking place in my body and on my face. I truly hate them. I am not confident at all but just full of fear and dread, as pathetic as that sounds.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  102. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/329263228708323328
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  103. I'm exercising as much as possible and learning to deal with the fact that not everything is under my control.

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  104. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/329277648121503744

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  105. I am trudging along in some areas especially with my body changing and metabolism slowing

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  106. tweet
    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/329281902672490497
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  107. I'm handling it with confidence one day at a time...so far night sweats are my biggest issue

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  108. I am embracing the changes and just going with it! Life has it's ups and downs, it's what you do that makes it fun!

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  109. I swim 3 times a week and keep active with singing and volunteering. I could have used the Body Cooling Towelettes 10 years ago when I had my Power Surges.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  110. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/329329290162352128

    slehan at juno dot com

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  111. As I get older I am eating better and exercising more.
    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  112. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/329411243351891968
    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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