I'm so often asked how I became so passionate about perimenopause and how I ended up in this space. It's not a natural transition from Corporate Banking to talking about periods, hormones and sex ! I guess there wasn't a day or even a year where this all happened. It's been a culmination of events.... life, friendships, interests, homeopathy that have brought me down this route.
But how did the journey lead us to here and why now ?
When Aisling set up My Second Spring 6 years ago it was a seedling idea - from her personal experience and the lack of awareness that existed in Ireland. That labour of love started small. It grew fast and spread far and wide. Women from all over the world started asking for help, supporting each other and seeking advice....the comments grew daily and it was phenomenal to see the support and kindness women showed each other. The enthusiasm was contagious and many of Ireland's leading menopause experts have given so willingly of their time, and myself and Anna Mooney joined the team to help grow the website. As we watched the comments grow, we continued to research, to pull in experts, to educate ourselves and all the My Second Spring viewers on menopause.
What do we have in common?
We have great fun! We are 100% passionate about helping women, we want women to know they have choices. We have seen the ups and downs experienced by thousands of women and we want to help ensure lasting change to make these upheavals easier and to empower women of all ages with knowledge.
All three of us have different ideas and areas we are more passionate about - The Three Musketeers and Menopause! My passion is perimenopause and early menopause in particular (hence the younger women in the picture !), Aisling has a holistic approach to menopause and Anna likes to do a bit of future-scoping on how society is changing, and menopause with it.
What do we want for Ireland..it's very simple but a manifesto in its own right. The many and varied conversations we have had over the last few years all lead to the same end goal. Educating and supporting the women and families of Ireland.
How do we do this?
We change. We evolve. We talk.
Every conversation is a stepping stone to change.
And what do we talk about?
4 ways we can change the Irish approach to menopause:
And so over many conversations with so many interesting people, we have taken up that gauntlet and continue the work Aisling started 6 years ago….making lasting change in Ireland.
Diane Danzebrink one of our speakers at the M Word on October 11th is leading the charge for this in the UK - Together we are stronger. Take a look at the agenda www.themwordevent.com
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