Diane appeared with Kirsty Wark on the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC2, talking about her personal experiences of menopause. A clip can be seen here. You can see the full programme for a limited time on the BBC iPlayer.
You have come to the right place!
Feel like you’re going mad and nobody understands.
Are struggling with memory and can’t concentrate
Feel that stress and anxiety have taken over your life
Are feeling exhausted, lost and alone
Are struggling with moods swings and panic attacks
Feel fearful and sleep deprived
Are becoming reclusive and can’t face the world
Are wondering where the “real you” has gone
Are fed up of trying to make your doctor understand
If your home, personal, family or work life is being affected I understand, I am here to help you, you are NOT alone.
When I was at my very lowest point, at the bottom of a deep, dark, pit of despair, when just getting out of bed in the morning was an uphill struggle and getting through the day felt like wading waist-deep through treacle, I decided to call my doctors surgery to get the contact details of my local menopause support group.
It took me a long time to pluck up the very last dregs of my courage to make that call and when I did the receptionist simply said,’ I am sorry but there isn’t one’. What! How can that possibly be, approximately half of the population are going to experience menopause in some way shape or form at some point in their lives and there is no support group!
As I sat sobbing on the sofa feeling as though I had been punched in the stomach (not great for somebody who had recently had a total hysterectomy!) crushing disappointment was replaced by anger and frustration and I made a promise to myself there and then that if I EVER felt like the old me again I would make sure that I did something to change that.
I sold my business, resumed my counselling and coaching training and I am now an Ambassador for the British Menopause Society, holder of a BMS Certificate in Menopause Foundations for nurses, and the Media lay spokesperson on menopause for the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG)
So, here I am, a little older and hopefully wiser, at your service. Whether you are a woman looking for information and support, a concerned family member looking to help your loved one through this time in her life, or an organization looking to improve your understanding of menopause to benefit your staff, I look forward to hearing from you and working with you.