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.