I just returned from a round table discussion in NYC last week. Until yesterday, I wasn’t at liberty to discuss the topic at hand, except to tell you that it did revolve around women’s health and perimenopause issues in particular.
I have since received information from the company which sponsored the discussion which had been embargoed – a fancy way of saying I couldn’t discuss it with you until I was given permission.
I haven’t decided yet if or when I will write about it. But, I have been giving serious thought to the time I spent there and the discussions which took place. Here’s the long and the short of it: I feel frustrated with the medical system.
I’m also frustrated by the fact there is a sharp divergence of thought around the subjects of perimenopause and menopause, around the treatments, and around what actually works for women and what doesn’t.
It drives me insane.
On the one hand, I wish to give the respect and recognition which is due to the medical community. I sincerely honor those who are involved in the academic and scientific research as well. Their work impacts public policy in health care, and ultimately how menopause is diagnosed and treated.
On the other hand, however, I also see a real lack of clarity in medicine and research as it pertains to menopause, which I find completely exasperating. Do I have an impressive litany of statistics and facts to back up what I see? No, I do not. It is simply a gut impression. I feel certain I am not alone in those impressions.
This is not a vanity tour for me. I’m not looking for a fan club
I also realize I am not making it easy for those of you who are looking for answers and help for your symptoms of perimenopause and menopause with my continual philosophical observations about the state of our medical system.
For me to constantly beat the drum that physicians are failing women in perimenopause and menopause, does nothing but state and restate the obvious, and quite frankly, becomes tiresome very quickly. I know that.
I want very much to give you useful and practical information which actually helps you. However, I have found myself on a path that I really did not anticipate being on, and the truth is, I’m in a bit of a quandary. At this point, the only thing which seems to be abundantly clear to me is that, going forward, whether we like it or not, it is incumbent upon us, the patient, to take personal responsibility for our health.
Perhaps this is not such a revelation to you. Perhaps you figured this out a long time ago. For me, however, this has been a real evolution. I am feeling more and more like a traffic cop who directs you and points you to the information and the research. I cannot drive you there, because I am still trying to find my own way through this mess, too.
This isn’t a vanity tour for me either. I’m not seeking to build a personal fan club or a group of devotees. I sincerely want to be a source of information that you can trust. In order for me to do that, however, I have to be truthful and tell you that, like you, I feel clueless sometimes.
But, I can assure you one thing:
I will always endeavor to direct and point you to the information with as much personal integrity as possible. Today, unfortunately, that’s the best I’ve got.