Books That Shine a Light on Menopause
The book is not just a collection of advice, but it’s also a way to understand the menopausal experience. It helps women with their transition from being mothers to being grandmothers. These are some of the main reasons why this book is so useful for women.
There are many other benefits too!
Menopause is one of the most difficult times in life. For some women, it becomes very painful and they feel like they have lost their minds. Other women don’t even notice any changes until after the age of 50 or later.
However, there are still those who manage to cope with it well enough to enjoy their lives for years afterwards.
For some women, the pain of menopause is unbearable. They may suffer from depression, anxiety, panic attacks or even suicide. Others simply decide to live with it and do their best to deal with it.
But for others, this is a time when they need support and understanding more than ever before.
So what kind of books will help them? What kinds of tips can they use to get through this challenging period?
There are a few things that women need to know about the menopausal stage of life and this is what this book is all about.
What is in the book?
One of the benefits of reading this book is that it provides a wide range of information. It doesn’t just talk about the symptoms and side effects of menopause, but it also has helpful solutions. Most importantly, it is a useful guide that can help women through this transition period.
Here are some of the topics that are included in the book:
The stages of menopause and what to expect during each one
The physical and emotional side effects of menopause
Tips on how to deal with mood swings, weight gain, anxiety, pain, etc.
How to stay positive during this time of change
How to adjust your lifestyle in order to cope with menopause
Personal stories and experiences about menopause by women from all walks of life
And much, much more!
There is a lot of wisdom found in the pages of this book. It is an excellent resource that can help women understand this transition in a better way. It can also help them get through it in the most efficient way possible.
Why should you read it?
There are many reasons why every woman should read this book. First of all, it will answer a lot of questions that you might have about menopause. You may be feeling confused, worried or even depressed because of what is happening in your life right now. By reading this book, you can get a better understanding of what you are experiencing and learn how to deal with it.
This book is also very beneficial because it is written in an inspirational way. It encourages women not to give up and see past the difficulties of menopause. It guides them to live a full and meaningful life even during difficult times.
There are also personal stories in the book about other women who have gone through menopause and how they coped with it. You can learn a lot from their experiences!
Finally, this is a guide that can help you make the most out of every day in your post-menopausal phase of life. It is a great resource that you can keep and reference years from now. In fact, you will probably find that as you age, you will refer to this book more and more!
Buy this book now and get ready to discover a whole new outlook on life. You are going to enjoy it a lot more than you think!
Rising out of the past
What is three hundred years old, lives in a mansion, and has a passion for young girls?
If you answered “the Count from Sesame Street” then you earn no prize, because that would be silly. The correct answer is: Count Grey, the main antagonist of this story.
I first encountered Count Grey shortly after my sixteenth birthday. I was delivering newspapers when I heard a noise coming from an old abandoned house on the edge of town. Since I wanted to be a reporter when I grew up (and hadn’t yet), I decided to investigate.
What I found was a small girl, tied to a chair. She couldn’t have been any older than five or six. She was crying and begging for someone to help her.
I soon discovered that the sound I heard was her crying. It’s a sound I’ll never forget as long as I live.
“Please help me,” the little girl cried. “The Count is going to kill me!”
I was stunned. I had no idea what to do. If I called the police, it would take them at least twenty minutes to arrive.
Twenty minutes was twenty minutes too long if the girl was still alive. Yet if I intervened, there was the very real possibility that I might get myself killed.
The girl continued to beg for her life as tears streamed down her face. I couldn’t just stand by and do nothing. Twenty years ago, I might have, but not anymore.
I had to help her.
I charged into the room with my fists clenched and yelled “Leave her alone!”
Count Grey looked at me with a scowl on his face. He was an old man with a wrinkled face and blood-shot eyes. His thin lips were twisted into an angry sneer as he clutched a terrified young girl by the arm.
There was no mistaking that this was the man who had been abducting girls in the area.
I had caught the Count alone, with the intent to kill. Things could certainly have gone better.
The Count glared at me for a moment before waving the girl away. “Fine, run along. I have more important things to do anyway.”
The young girl didn’t need to be told twice. She ran out of the room as fast as she could.
“You should be more careful,” Count Grey said. “Opening doors that are normally kept locked tends to have that effect.” He looked at me and frowned.
“I expected more from you, Tom.”
I was about to ask him how he knew who I was, but then I remembered that my name was on the newspaper I had clutched in my hand the whole time. “
What do you want from me?”
Count Grey slowly walked towards me as I stood by the door. He wore a black robe with a purple trim and had a walking stick in his hand. His slow pace and calm demeanor put me even more on edge than I already was.
You’re a curious one, aren’t you?”
Count Grey asked. “Always digging for information. Trying to find out the things other people don’t want you to know. Things better left unknown.”
The Count looked at me and I got the impression he could see right through me. It was unnerving to say the least. Then again, I had just interrupted a potential kidnapping and probably prevented a ransom demand, so my nerves were already on edge.
The Count stopped in front of me and looked down at me. He slowly shook his head and sighed. “I don’t want to kill you.”
“You heard me,” the Count said. “I don’t want to kill you, but I will if you don’t leave this place and never come back. This is between you and me.
The girl has nothing to do with this.”
I didn’t know what to say.
Was it some kind of trap?
Perhaps he was trying to get me into a position where it would be easy to kill me. On the other hand, he could’ve just been misleadingly calm about the situation and decided to kill me anyway.
I’d already come this far though, so I might as well ask the question that had been on my mind since I walked in here. “
What are you?”
Count Grey smirked. “
You’re curious about me?”
“You said I was curious, so obviously I must be curious about something.”
“True, true,” Count Grey said nodding his head. “I suppose you would be.”
The Count looked at me for a moment before speaking again. “If I told you, you wouldn’t believe me.”
“Humor me,” I said.
Count Grey sighed and shook his head. “I’m not sure you’re ready to know my deep, dark secret. Maybe you should come back when you’re older.”
You won’t kill me if I leave?”
Count Grey shook his head. “No, I won’t. But, I can’t say the same for the girl.
If you’re smart, you’ll forget about her. She’s not even from this town. She’s poor and worthless.”
My eyes narrowed as I listened to Count Grey’s words. He was threatening the girl. I didn’t like that.
You kidnapped her? You tore her from her family and now you say she’s worthless?”
I asked through grit teeth.
“I didn’t say I didn’t take her. She was an offering,” Count Grey said raising his hands defensively. “I never said I took her against her will either though.”
What’s that mean?”
Count Grey looked at me for a moment in silence before speaking again. “Her will is strong, but sometimes, when it’s broken…
well, that’s when the best servants are made. If you really care for her, you’ll forget all about this place and leave. For her sake, if not your own. Now, enough questions. This conversation is over. Leave or the girl dies and you’ll never find her body. Think about what you’ll lose and make your choice. Quickly.”
I looked at Count Grey and for a moment I thought about rushing him. I searched my feelings though and realized if I went through with it, I wouldn’t make it out alive. At least, not alive enough to rescue the girl.
If I wanted to save her, negotiation was my only option.
I slowly walked towards the door and stopped one last time to look at Count Grey. “You’re wrong. I won’t forget about her and if you’ve done anything to harm her, you’ll answer to me.
Do you understand?
I will hunt you down.”
Count Grey just smirked at me. “
Where’s the fun in living if you can’t live a little dangerously now and then?”
he asked holding the girl tighter to him. “Now leave. I tire of this. I have more important things to do than talk to some foolish boy with a hero complex. You should learn that life is about what you can take, not what you can give. That’s your problem. You think too much of others. It’ll be your undoing one day. Now leave! Leave! LEAVE! I warn you though. If you continue to try my patience, it may very well be your downfall.”
I didn’t like it. I didn’t like any of it.
But what choice did I have?
None. That’s what. Without another word, I left and walked out of the room. As I did, I heard Count Grey chuckle and whisper, “Good boy. Maybe you’ll learn after all. HAHAHAHA!
I ignored him and quickly left the room. I looked down the long dark hallway and considered my options. I couldn’t go back the way I came.
I didn’t trust Count Grey and even if he did have the girl, he’d kill her for lying to him. Not to mention he knew I was here now and wouldn’t hesitate to kill me too. No, I had to find another way out of this place.
I quickly made my way down the hall trying each door I passed by. Most of them were empty rooms, a few had some old furniture in them and then finally at the very end of the hall, I found one that was still locked. I could hear muffled sounds on the other side so I knew I had to be close to the girl.
Is anyone in there?”
I asked knocking on the door.
I heard a scuffling noise and then a voice. “
Who’s there? Is that you Harvey?”
“No. My name is Kit. I’m a friend of your brothers.” I said hoping that would reassure her enough to open the door. It did. The door swung open quickly and there stood a young girl. She had long brown haired and soft features. Her eyes seemed particularly big though due to how emaciated she looked. She couldn’t have been any older than me.
Harvey sent you didn’t he?
He said he would send someone. I knew he would help me.” The girl said with a note of relief in her voice.
“Yes, well he’s busy fighting your other kidnapper as we speak. We should go now before he kills both of them.” I said wanting to leave before the two kidnappers came back.
“But, I don’t want to leave without my brother. He’s still in the next room. He’s only four and we were playing a game before those bad men came in and took us.
He’ll be scared if he wakes up and I’m not there.” The girl pleaded with me.
I didn’t want to go back into that house again. Not even to save a kid. But something about this girl and her story reminded me of my sister, Rose.
If something like this had happened to her, I wouldn’t have wanted to leave her either.
I’ll go get him, but then we have to go right away, okay?”
The girl nodded quickly as she opened the door to the next room. I entered a dimly lit room and saw a small bed and another door that was slightly ajar at the other end of the room. I cautiously made my way over to the bed and nearly stepped on a small toy horse. I picked it up and examined it as I heard the noises coming from the other room. They sounded like shrieks of some kind, but much more feral than the ones I’d heard before.
I then heard a loud noise followed by the sound of wood breaking and something heavy hitting the floor. I quickly made my way to the other room and turned into the doorway. What I saw was something out of this world, or more fittingly, out of hell.
A giant creature with mangled animal parts sewn together into a humanoid shape stood before me. It’s face held a mixture of human and animal features with long sharp teeth. But it wasn’t just that.
It looked as if someone had taken the most disgusting parts of animals and sewn them together. It was easily twice my size and standing between me and the girl.
I froze for a moment as I stood there taking in the scene before me. The creature had the young boy in his hands which he had torn in half with ease. Blood and guts were covering the walls and floor, but the worst of it was the look in the kids eyes.
His eyes were wide with terror still frozen on his face as he looked at me. I felt myself getting sick to my stomach as I shook my head in disbelief.
The abomination that stood before me suddenly lunged forward towards me. I stumbled backwards in the other room with the girl screaming at the top of her lungs. The door behind me shut and locked as I quickly turned around.
The creature was already charging towards me with it’s claws outstretched and looking for flesh to tear.
I wanted to run, but couldn’t get the door open in time before the monster was on me. I was lifted up off the ground with one hand and had my chest ripped open with one quick swipe of one of its claws. I could feel my organs being torn apart as I screamed in pain.
I heard the girl scream horribly as well, but it sounded different. Almost like she was yelling out some sort of command. The monster that had me in it’s grasp stood motionless for a moment as if not understanding what she had said, but then it slowly turned it’s hideous head towards the girl.
She screamed again as she ran forward and kicked the monster in the leg. It roared at her in anger and dropped me to the floor, starting to stalk after the girl.
I could only watch as the girl ran back into the first room we were in with the monster slowly following. She ducked under a table and slid all the chairs that were on top of it to form a barricade. The monster let out a shriek and then started to slam it’s body into the table, breaking it apart piece by piece.
She grabbed at one of the legs of the table as she passed by it and brandished it like a sword.
The monster tore through the last of the table and screeched again as it lunged forward at the girl. She held up the wooden leg in defense, but the claws shredded it to splinters and dug deep into her skin. She fell backwards and screamed in pain as her hands went to her face.
I could see blood streaming down from between her fingers, but I couldn’t tell exactly where on her face she was hurt from this distance.
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