When I turned 50, I couldn’t believe how tired I felt. It was frustrating for me, because all my life, I’ve worked and love my career as a Police Officer working in the human services sectors. I have always been active and lived a fairly healthy lifestyle, looking after my family and my career, but somewhere along the way I forgot to look after myself and now I understand how my hormonal changes into menopause, caught up with my energy and my health.
At 42 I had a full hysterectomy which immediately put me into menopause. I suffered for over ten years with hot flushes, sleepless nights, weight gain, loss of energy and a loss of self-esteem. I didn’t have the energy to do anything and missed out on doing a lot of things that I would have done ten years previously.
With a family history of heart disease and stroke, suddenly, in my 50’s all I could see was myself heading down this path too. I needed to do something quickly. I spent many of these years wasting time and money buying over the counter remedies for my symptoms which simply did not work into the longer term. I spent a fortune seeing a Naturopath and Doctors who gave me lots of pills and potions that did nothing positive for me. I realise now that because she hadn’t gone through menopause, she had no idea how I was feeling.