Advocating for You: On the Radio!
I was a guest on Hotze Wellness Radio on KSEV Radio in Houston, Texas, for the full hour Wednesday to discuss my role as a women’s health blogger, and advocate for women going through perimenopause. I tried not to think about how many people might be listening, and focus only on the doctor who was conducting the interview. Nevertheless, it was still a little disconcerting for me to realize that potentially thousands of Texans might be dialed in.
While I have the gift of gab, and have never been known to be at a loss for words, when the interviewer goes off script (and he did a couple of times), it can be a little nerve-wracking without notes and a prepared answer. But, I managed to get through it without making too much of a bumbling fool out of myself. Overall, I think I did pretty well in representing the menopause sisterhood.
Toward the end of the interview, the good doctor asked me what my best advice would be for women going through perimenopause – one of those “off script” questions. My stomach sank as my mind scrambled to find an intelligent and worthwhile answer.
If you’re wondering why I would dread giving an answer to such a simple question, it’s because I wrestle everyday with genuinely wanting to help women who are going through perimenopause. I’ve said in the past that I am not a “10 Tips to Help You Feel Better” kind of blogger, and I shy away from marketing slogans, talking points, and advertising campaign rhetoric as much as I can.
If there is anything that is true about who I am, and what I value, it is authenticity. I can’t think of anything I hate more, than communicating with trite clichés and platitudes – except maybe Brussels sprouts and politicians. But there I was on the radio – live - with nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide. I had to give an answer, and I had to give one quick. And then I said it: “Don’t be afraid to take personal responsibility for your health.”
Not exactly the most profoundly original piece of advice, I know. But, believe it or not, I mean it.
With the recent roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), regardless of how you feel about it, it is going to be even more incumbent on healthcare consumers (you and me), to take personal responsibility for our health. And this is especially true for women going through perimenopause.
As much as I wish I could be the hormone savior of all womankind, I simply can’t. Heck, I can’t even save my own teenager daughter from her hormonally induced mood swings, and she’s my parental responsibility!
But I do care about you, ladies. Very much. Some of you are my “friends” (as much as we can be online, I guess), and all of you matter to me. I appreciate the trust you place in me by faithfully reading my articles every day, and for believing that I am on your side. Because I am.
As my readership and popularity as a women’s health blogger grows, so do opportunities like this one to speak out on your behalf. So I guess I better polish up my public speaking skills and get used to “going off script.” It’s a high class problem, I know. And thanks to you ladies, it’s a problem I have!
Magnolia Miller is a certified healthcare consumer advocate in women's health and a women's freelance health writer and blogger at The Perimenopause Blog.