November has arrived. I am thankful that the fall season has begun. The year 2017 has been a difficult year for me due to hormone changes from perimenopause, the tragic death of a close friend, and several unexpected hospitalizations. Some of the things that happened in 2017 will never make sense to me but I am coming to a place of peace. The stigma relating to mental health challenges is still common. I have always been an optimist and this past year has put my optimism to the test. More than ever I have really had to learn to focus on the positive things in my life.
I am grateful to the those in my life that have been available and stood by me through this challenging year. I continue to have faith and hope despite all that has happened. It can take years to actually reach menopause but I hear it is not so bad once it officially arrives. I will continue to encourage and advocate to the best of my ability as I transition into this new phase of my life. I hope the fall season is calm and a blessing to us all.