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Blogging in the New Year

A graphic that reads: Now that 2013 is upon us, it’s time to do a little blogging housekeeping to set the tone for the New Year. I’m a goal setter, as I’ve told you all before. I’m not much on resolutions because I never keep them, but goals? Love them. Granted, I don’t always accomplish them with the greatest aplomb, but they definitely give me something to reach for, and that’s always a good thing.

The Mind-Body Mood Solution

The Mind-Body Mood Solution, by Dr. Jeffrey Rossman, PhD, is on my personal agenda for 2013 as I set about to heal from what I have officially dubbed the “non-disease”, also known as fibromyalgia.

I mean no offense to fibromyalgia sufferers by calling it the “non-disease.”  But, given that fibromyalgia is a catch-all term used to identify a collection of symptoms not associated with any “official” medical condition, I can only refer to it as the “non-disease.” 

It exists, just not “officially.”

I plan to blog about my progress throughout 2013, so I hope you will watch for the posts, especially if you are also suffering with fibromyalgia.   

Menopause and Fibromyalgia

I became intrigued with the not-so-highly-documented-link between fibromyalgia and menopause during 2012. It is a link which is not getting a lot of airplay in the medical community (as far as I can tell, anyway), but is something that I think is worth investigating further.

80 to 95% of all fibromyalgia diagnoses are women, and a large number of those women are also in menopause.  Somebody needs to be talking about this. Who better than me? You can count on it in 2013.

Compounding Pharmacies

I knew when the fungal meningitis outbreak occurred in 2012, which took the lives of 31 people as of November 2012 (a number which could continue to rise in 2013), that compounding pharmacies would come under great scrutiny. 

My suspicions were confirmed at the end of December 2012 when Medscape News Today published a series of articles on the scandal which addressed the issue of more federal regulation of compounding pharmacies, among other relevant topics as well.

I think this is going to be an important issue in 2013, particularly as it pertains to women’s health. It is certainly an issue I will be paying very close attention to, and writing about as it unfolds.

Monthly Blogging Topics

Bloggers are always challenged with coming up with fresh topics which are not only interesting, but relevant as well. Suffice it to say the competition is fierce in the blogging world, and I feel the pressure daily. 

My answer to this challenge is going to be monthly blogging topics, which I will be doing at my personal blog, The Perimenopause Blog, in 2013.  I am also considering bringing the format here to Hold That Pause as well. I have already mapped out a tentative schedule for 2013, which includes more in-depth posts on the 35-symptoms of perimenopause - always good topics – but which will also maintain flexibility to explore current issues which will inevitably arise during the year.

New years are always invigorating to me, so I’m looking forward to 2013 with great expectation. I hope your holiday season was as filled with good cheer and family as mine was, and that the coming New Year will also bring new hope and new possibilities to your life as well!

Happy New Year, readers!

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.

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Magnolia is dedicated to empowering women to take responsibility for their own health.