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tag: Melanie Bates

Should I Get a Hysterectomy?

Bright and early Monday morning, I head to the doctor to discuss my proposed total hysterectomy. The doctor wants to talk with me to find out if he will tackle the procedure or, due to my case histo…

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Dear Women, Enough with the “I’m Sorry”

  By Melanie Bates I went to the grocery store a few weeks ago. I needed a package of Almond Joy pieces and some celery. (Donít judge.) I had taken one of those little mini carts, just i…

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Do You Feel Heard?

By Melanie Bates Do you ever just feel like no one hears you? As if you're floating under the Pacific screaming "SHARK!" and the rest of the world is sunning themselves on the beach and watching th…

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The Arctic Tundra Of My Soul

I havenít had much to say. Maybe youíve noticed. More likely you were busy fighting with family over the turkey neck, making popcorn garland interspersed with bright red cranberries and hiding your ki…

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Fairy Feces: A New Way to Set ‘Resolutions’

Maybe itís the Virgo in me, but I actually like New Yearís ďResolutionsĒ in a sense. I also enjoy taking the hundreds of books off of my book shelf each year, caressing them gently with a dust cloth, …

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Perimenopause: What’s Happening?

Iíve never worried about the ďchange of lifeĒ before. Ever. I mean Iíve actually looked forward to it after years of Stage IV Endometriosis and cramps that have left me crying, cuddled in the corner l…

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The Pause In Perimenopause

By: Melanie Bates Oh. Dear. God. AboveÖ I think Iím having hot flashes. Is it menopause? Perimenopause? Just-oí-pause? Come on baby, light my fire? Iíve never worried about the ďchange …

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The Help-er

All signs point to the fact that Iím a helper. A giver. The right-hand. Over the past twenty-five years Iíve taken test after test and read book after book: Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, Linda Goo…

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The Icy Waters Of Online Dating

By: Melanie Bates Iím exhausted. And Iíve only been dating online for about three months after taking a three and a half year hiatus from the opposite sex. The rules have changed, ladies. …

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Politics, Schmolitics

By: Melanie Bates Iím about to admit something very un-American. I hate politics. I suck at politics. I donít understand politics. I think this began when I was five and I stood in the …

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Laura is a Care2 Causes Senior Editor. She graduated from Pitzer College with Honors in English and World Literature and a minor in Music. Sheís... more

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