Victoria J. Scott
Teacher, carpenter’s helper, health and healing spa assistant, pizza maker . . . I’ve worn numerous hats over the years. Some hats fit, others didn’t. I lived and worked in Southeast Asia for almost 15 years before my early “retirement” in 2004, due in part to my struggle with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).
I am a 48-year-old female who has suffered from premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of female depression, most of my adult life. Three years ago, I finally realized that my symptoms were cyclical, meaning they followed a precise pattern. The weepiness, fatigue, irritability, rage and desire to harm myself appeared and intensified 7-14 days before menstruation every month, and abruptly and mysteriously vanished within a day or two of getting my period.
I wrestled long and hard with the focus of this book, whether to keep it general, since both men and women alike deserve the same solution, or to concentrate more on women’s depression, specifically on PMDD. One day as I was writing (and drinking deeply of my rich healing environment in Central America), a large butterfly elegantly fluttered in front of me, blindingly blue against the tropical green foliage. It was as big as a bird, truly the most spectacular butterfly I’ve ever seen.
“Blue women are like blue butterflies,” I thought to myself, “just waiting to have the opportunity and environment to fly. Though we might be depressed (have the blues), we can shine like these stunning blue butterflies.”
God says, “You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before men . . .” (Matthew 5:14, 16).
He says, “Please, my daughter, my son, I need you to shine for Me and the rest of the world.”
Be a shining blue butterfly for Him!