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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Menopause Moi Book Review – The Magic of Menopause by Lorraine Miano

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I was provided with a copy of this book to review. However, all opinions are my own. Also, please note that this post contains an affiliate link. If you click on the product image/text link and purchase it through my account I receive a small remuneration, at no extra charge to you.


The first thing I noticed when I received The Magic of Menopause was its size. Compared to other books I have read on the subject, some of which are tomes, it is comparatively small clocking in at 150 pages. This is NOT a judgement on the book or its value however, just my initial reaction.

I actually liked this book because it is short and sweet – an easy read. If this book had been available when I was beginning my menopause journey, it might have been a better resource to start to learn about the changes I was undergoing. Knowledge is power, but too much at once, especially for my hormone-addled brain, was overwhelming.





Lorraine has walked the walk of midlife and menopause. The path that brought her to writing this book was a change in career – from stay-at-home mom to Integrative Certified Health Coach – that, in itself, should be inspirational to those of us trying to make similar changes at this point in life. She has experienced many of the symptoms of menopause that a lot of us do, as well as undergoing a hysterectomy which, while not going through this myself, I know of several women who have at midlife.

In writing this book to help other menopausal women, Lorraine is your biggest cheerleader. Her positivity practically pops off the page! As most of us come to realize, there is a lot to celebrate and look forward to at midlife. Her goal is to get you to that point faster and with less discomfort. In each chapter she gives a list of things to do or supplements to take, nicely summarized again at the end with a checklist to help keep track.

As I recently wrote, midlife health concerns are rearing their head for me. I have no way of knowing if The Magic of Menopause might have helped me back when, but I can still follow Lorraine’s advice and make the necessary changes now. As well, there are a couple of other things that struck me personally.

One was the section on anxiety. I do not remember reading anything specifically about this when I was pre-menopausal. That could be because I had not experienced it at that time, so skimmed over any information as not applicable to me. However, it does seem, anecdotally at least, to be a common complaint amongst women at menopause. Knowing that you are not alone (or going crazy!), and that there are things you can do to help it, is invaluable.

Lorraine also mentions counselling for some of the concerns we face at midlife. That people don’t have to go through problems alone is something that cannot be reinforced - or destigmatized - enough. Having an objective ear and voice to shed new light on my problems was one of the best things I have ever done for myself.

And finally for me, I love that there are Gratitude Journal pages at the end of each chapter. I try to be a positive person, but know that I don’t always succeed. However, one thing I do almost daily is write in my own Gratitude Journal. Finding things for which to be thankful may not turn my day around completely, but it does ground me in an important way.

The last chapter of the book is called ‘Get Your Happy Back’, a theme repeated throughout the book. Lorraine, calling herself our menopausal fairy godmother, having given information and guidance - and a hefty dose of pep, leaves us with a quote that I know I, for one, need to remember:

You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” – Glinda, the Good Witch


You can find more from Lorraine Miano at www.themagicofmenopause.com or on Facebook at Making Menopause Magical













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