Jenny Brunette Verner is a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner who works for Dr. Larry Gurley at The Menopause Center at Baptist Hospital. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master in Science of Nursing from Vanderbilt University Nursing School. After graduation, Jenny worked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital in high risk obstetrics for a year before returning to Nashville and her current position. Jenny is a native Nashvillian who is married and has a two-year-old daughter.
Just when you think you’ve pretty much explored all the joys of womanhood – you know, 40 years of menstruation, wearing heels all day and, of course, childbirth – along comes menopause. Hot flashes. Mood swings. Night sweats. Plummeting sex drive. Mouth sores. Yes, mouth sores (I found out about those when I was experiencing a bout of painful unexplained bumps on my tongue, which turn out to be one of the many unheralded bonuses of peri-menopause). And don’t forget the unwanted facial hair. I have a better beard than most 16-year-old boys.
Just wanted to get your attention….Early detection, my story.
My breasts are lumpy and dense, and I started getting annual mammograms in my late 30s because even my gynecologists struggled to rule out possible tumors with manual exams.
Patty Harman is the Executive Director for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Greater Nashville. Since, 1997 the Greater Nashville Affiliate has provided more than $4 million in grant monies throughout our community to improve breast health and to save lives by eliminating breast cancer in Middle Tennessee