lauren chiren, Sports Nutrition
Total years in practice: 7
I was in my early 40's, had a young child at home with lifelong medical needs at home and a sole parent. I could not risk anything going wrong at work.
The stress I thrived on, working in fast-paced, business-critical change functions suddenly made me anxious instead of excited.
I had two occasions of feeling like I was going to pass out in meetings, my heart thumping, with no idea how to control it. My concentration and memory were shot.
I barely slept and when I did, I woke up drenched in sweat, to the point where I had to change the bedsheets. Ultimately I slept on a series of bath towels as they were easier to change!
My confidence was gone and I had nowhere to turn. I felt very flat, very down and alone.
Roll forward 5 months, I left my job. My GP told me I had 'just' been through menopause. I have to tell you, I was the happiest menopausal woman in Bristol because I didn't have early-onset dementia.
This is why I continually research menopause and retrain. To help prevent any other woman going through what I did. It's not necessary. It's entirely preventable. It's what I teach in the Mastermind.