I have been so fucking bone-tired-exhausted, the stay in bed all day kind of exhaustion. As I explained here: I don't have covid, I have perimenopause.
I have gone weeks with feeling good, no waking up with crushing anxiety, no exhaustion and then these past few days I feel like I'm being pushed through some kind of trial by hormonal fire. I'm telling you all this because we need to say and hear it more.
So if you're perimenopausal and you're in a fuck this shit phase, I want you to know that I know.

I feel like I'm going through the Twelve Tasks of the Menopause or something so that I can finally be free.
I really have started to think of it as The Twelve Tasks of the Menopause Along the Path to Freedom. To shed a fertility I never wanted, to shed what patriarchy most valued in my body, to shed all of that. And I am so eager to emerge to freedom.
Here are two recommendations:
The brilliant Black Girl's Guide to Surviving Menopause, which is in its third season: Normalizing menopause & centering Black women, femmes, and non binary people curated by @oshunsweetnsour anchor.fm/decolonizingth…
Ann Marie McQueen's Hot Flash Inc. I just started following her on Instagram and signed up to her newsletter. hotflashinc.com
Also, pre-order @heathercorinna brilliant book - and I'm not saying that just because I'm in it! It's an intersectional, trans, nonbinary and GNC-inclusive book on perimenopause and menopause. PRE-ORDER! hachettego.com/titles/heather…
And pre-order @DrJenGunter The Menopause Manifesto: Own Your Health With Facts and Feminism coming in May! May and June are great months for the books we need! penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/652048/t…
Thank you all who have shared experiences on this and my other threads on perimenopause. I really appreciate it and I send you my love and solidarity ❤️✊🏽💜 I hope it helps to read each other's shares.

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