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It is hard to make life changes when you are not sure what they should be...

I am now postmenopausal (at age 52). When the symptoms began I started checking on the Internet to see how to cope. I was working full time then and trying to stay afloat.

The information I was getting was helping some, so I asked my OB/GYN doctor about what I should do next. All she said was not to worry and come see her next year and keep doing what I had been. I was in good health. I didn't have any problems to speak of until after Sept 11, 2001. As a result of the events of that day, the company I worked for had to downsize and I was laid off. My husband continued to work for the company, and I went back to college for my associate degree.

Before I graduated my mother developed cancer and became very ill. During this time my periods stopped all together. I was hoping to finally hit menopause and some kind of stabillity; however, I really got sent for a loop. My mother passed away, and there were no jobs in sight for a woman my age, not that employers would tell you this. I had temporary work now and then but nothing full time. I felt like going back to school was a big mistake and had no idea what to do next.

My health after my mom's death seemed to be getting worse. My hearing was effected by my job in a factory, and I now have digital hearing aids bought with my 401K money. This will help when I go on interviews for jobs. I am finding it hard to keep applying for positions with no results or positive feedback. I believe a lot of my problems could be due to depression of some kind, but I still function very well with family and friends. I just can't seem to find work. I am not a senior citizen yet, and employers don't always let you know why you were passed over for jobs. It is hard to make life changes when you are not sure what they should be.

I would like to hear from anyone who has any suggestions for women my age who is still able to work. I know I can't be the only one out there.

March 2006


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