Di Danzebrinks’ moving account of her shock introduction to menopause – and why she used that experience as a catalyst to become a campaigner – is the subject of a major opinion article in the paper this week.
The piece can be read online here.
Di’s article, headed “Ignorance about menopause is destroying lives – and it’s not only women who suffer” talks about the three big hurdles to proper menopause care and support, and argues education is the key.
She discusses her own experiences of retreating from the world three months after surgery following a cancer diagnosis, and says menopause was never explained to her by medical professionals.
She vowed that if and when she recovered, she would campaign to help other experiencing the same issues.
“To speed up the pace of change, I launched the #MakeMenopauseMatter campaign with three specific aims: to ensure mandatory menopause training for all GPs, to provide menopause guidance in every workplace, and for menopause to be included in the new relationships and sex education (RSE) curriculum in secondary education. I am delighted to say that as a result of the campaign, menopause will be taught in RSE from September.” she says.
The article ends with a warning about the UK’s suicide rate.