This week Fiona Gaye tells her story about how the lack of adequate support from her GP, with the menopausal symptoms she was experiencing, empowered her to get involved with her local Patient Participation Group to help affect change to local services.
It started one Sunday morning with an uncontrollable flooding, unquenchable thirst, dizziness and cold sweats. After that, bad bouts of insomnia, mood swings depression, a feeling of worthlessness, listlessness and fatigue, leaving me feeling as if I was having a semi nervous breakdown. All I wanted to do was lay on the settee for a year and a half. On a bad day I could not drive because I felt clumsy and uncoordinated, anxious and shaky, and somehow I just knew that something was very, very wrong.
Continue reading How I Used My Voice to Affect Change.
Going to the GP to discuss the menopause can be a daunting task for many women. In our short audio story Fifi tells about her experience of visiting her GP and why one trip to your GP is not often enough.
Visit our page Women’s Stories for more women’s short films discussing the menopause.
You can also visit NHS Choices Menopause pages for more information
Remember we welcome any story you would like to share about the menopause to help enlighten and support other women.
In spring 2012 Annie Spencer and I set about preparing and planning for a Menopause workshop in London. During the preparation of this workshop I was surprised how difficult it was to find positive images of the menopause. What became even more interesting were women’s reactions to the idea of a workshop on the menopause. There appeared to be a lot of apprehension and reluctance to talk about an issue that will affect every woman in her lifetime. What has struck me was the lack of circles where women shared their stories. Generations of women before us had many platforms to gather in and weave stories, teachings and experiences together. This site seeks to collate create a platform where these can be shared with other women.
We are particularly keen to hear stories from women about the menopause. What’s your experience of it?? What’s helped you manage the process? I’m happy to hear sublime, inspirational and downright ridiculous stories. It’s time we women reclaimed the menopause and start weaving our stories together.
Continue reading Why Start This Site?