I remember my first period very distinctly. My mom wanted to talk to me about it, and I was mortified. Is there something worse than mortified? That's what I was. She was very kind and helpful, and she even took me clothes shopping to cheer me up.
But I was still mortified.
And then, a year or so later, I remember clearly, the day that she asked me, “Is it time for your period?”
I wanted to yell, “Please don't ever say the word period to me, Mother. Don't talk about it in my presence, either. Better yet, don't even think it in my direction!” but I managed not to. I think I barked out something like “How would I know?”
I imagine that sounded a lot to my mom like, “Why yes, mother, I'm in the throes of PMS right this instant.”
My 13-year-old self didn't keep track of such minutia, so I really didn't know. Frankly, my 29-year-old self doesn't do much better, but I do make a mental note of the approximate date that it should be coming along.
I bet my husband can tell you, though. I still get the mood swings that I had when I was twelve. I get some other symptoms, too, as do most women.
When I had the opportunity to read and review a book called The S.O.S. for PMS, I jumped at the chance. The author, Mary M. Byers, has written a book affirming that PMS is real, powerful, and totally manageable.
The S.O.S. for PMS isn't all about affirmations. It tells the stories of real women, all mothers, who are struggling with difficult PMS symptoms. It also contains suggestions for controlling PMS through diet and lifestyle changes. If you'd like to preview the book, you can find an excerpt here.
If you are afflicted with PMS, you owe it to yourself to read this book. You'll be glad you did.
Guess what, Dear Reader! I have a copy of The S.O.S. for PMS to give away!
To enter, please tell us your PMS story or cure. That's not too personal, is it, Dear Reader? You must also leave a way for me to contact you. If your email is not on your blog, in your Blogger profile, or in your post, I probably won't be able to find you to tell you that you won and then I'll have to pick another winner.
The contest will close on the evening of October 7. Good luck!
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