Hayley Cockman went through the menopause at the age of 14. Now aged 39, Hayley has recently become a passionate advocate for early menopause and is determined to help others avoid some of the challenges she faced. We chatted to Hayley about what helps her navigate post-menopausal life, as well as her decision to embark upon the process of adoption.
You can read Hayley's full story on her blog: hayleysmenopause14.blogspot.com and connect with Hayley on Twitter: @CockmanHayley as well as Instagram: @prematuremenopause14
We sat down for a chat with the splendiferous Lizzie Bean to discuss beanhood, creativity, and how to wrap our lives up in a bit of hilarity. Lizzie helps everyone to see the colours of their soul and acknowledge the fact that they are enough.
You can find Lizzie at www.backtobean.co.uk and connect with Bean HQ across all social media platforms at @backtobean
Dr Laura Jarvis, a specialty doctor in sexual and reproductive health, joined us for this special Q&A episode to mark World Menopause Day on 18th October 2020. We put a selection of questions to Dr J that had been sent in by women from all over the UK.
Radha Paudel is a qualified nurse, writer, advocate and activist. Radha was born and grew up in Nepal, where she now leads the Global South Coalition for Dignified Menstruation. Radha is also the director and founder of The Radha Paudel Foundation which has as its central aims, the promotion of emancipation for girls and women from poverty, injustices and discrimination.
"I believe the absence of war does not constitute peace when so many social maladies remain. Social problems require social solutions"
Find and connect with Radha: .http://www.radhapaudelfoundation.org on Twitter: @radhapaudel and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/radhapaudelfoundation/
Katrina Clark is a sexological bodyworker and somatic sex educator. Her aim is to educate and promote greater sexual awareness and connection to our erotic lives with a client-led approach. A registered Reiki Master, Katrina lives in Scotland with her husband and 2 children, and is an advocate for positive menopause.
Katrina talks about living a fully-embodied life, and how to incorporate self-pleasure as part of our menopause self-care toolkit.
Find Katrina at: www.katrinaclark-reiki.co.uk and www.phoenix-tantra.co and www.sexuality-coaching.co.uk
Lesley is founder of 'Over The Bloody Moon', which she describes as a community and organisation with a social purpose. 'Over The Bloody Moon' runs workshops and courses designed to inform, equip, and empower women all through peri-menopause.
Find Lesley at: www.overthebloodymoon.com as well as IG: @overthebloodymoon and Facebook: @overthebloodymoon
Email Lesley at: email@example.com
Jane Weinmann uses photography as a way to visually represent the hidden feelings & emotions associated with life events, especially those that affect women. We spoke to Jane about her experience of menopause, and her studies as a mature student at the open College of Arts.
You can find Jane at: https://www.climacteric.ch and www.janeweinmann.com
Vicky set up the Endometriosis UK Dundee Support Group after her own diagnosis with the condition in 2017. The group provides a safe and supportive environment for those with suspected or diagnosed endometriosis to share their experiences with the condition. Vicky has recently started a post in the voluntary sector and is part of the PKAVS Tampon Taxi Team, putting period dignity at the heart of a fairer, more equal Perth & Kinross. In her spare time, Vicky is kept busy fundraising for Endometriosis UK, and Guide Dogs Scotland.
Connect with Vicky on Twitter @EndoDundee and Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/endodundee/
For more information on PKAVS Tampon Taxi, head to @PKAVSTamponTaxi or email: PeriodProducts@pkavs.org.uk
Sarah Norquoy is an author and wild-swimmer extraordinaire who rediscovered herself at the age of 49. Sarah's recently published book 'Sea salt on my skin' is a startlingly honest, authentic, as well as humorous look at a year of swimming in Orkney seas - from which she discovered that healing does indeed come in waves.
Find Sarah at: www.sarahkennedynorquoy.com and on IG as @seasaltandsarah
Kath Mazzella is a multi-award winning campaigner, and gynaecological cancer survivor. Together with her husband Tony, she campaigns to raise awareness of gynaecological, sexual and related mental health challenges. In 2009 Kath was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her service to the community, specifically for raising the profile of gynaecological health.
Kath is founder of International Gynaecological Awareness Day (#IGAD), which is on 10th September.
“Unless we share stories and speak more openly, women will continue to suffer in silence. We must remove this barrier, break the taboos and stigmas, so that women can receive the support and early intervention that will improve their quality of life and in some cases, even save their life”.
Find Kath at: http://www.kathmazzella.com
Rachel Gotto works as a clinical hypnotherapist, and corporate speaker. She's an author with a vast array of lived experience. Rachel has dealt with and overcome many personal challenges in her life, including surgery for a previously deemed inoperable brain tumour, which subsequently left her paralysed down one side of her body. Rachel is a woman who quite literally walks her talk and in her professional capacity offers her wisdom and experience through helping others to acquire the knowledge necessary to come through their own personal struggles. Just by hearing her life story alone, one can’t help but be inspired, and her gripping memoir will be published in October 2021. Rachel lives in beautiful County Galway in Ireland, and she is testament to the fact that the human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.
You can find Rachel at www.rachelgotto.com and connect with Rachel on Instagram @rachelvgotto and Twitter @RachelGotto
Heidi Dodson is an accredited Life Coach, Counsellor, Relationship Therapist specialising in NLP and CBT, as well as a Fitness Instructor. Heidi is a passionate advocate for the life-enhancing powers of connection, conversation and laughter.
You can find Heidi at: www.heididodson.com
Sam Bunch is a writer, researcher, TEDx speaker, and interviewer. Sam can often be found in her shed listening to people tell their stories. Her first book 'Collecting Conversations' sold out, and her second book 'Menopause - A Hot Topic' followed on its heels.
You can find Sam at www.collectingconversations.com
Elizabeth Bandeen is a massage therapist based in Glasgow. A self-confessed skin-care addict and lover of striped tops, Elizabeth shares her experience of menopause, and why a little self-care goes a long way.
Find Elizabeth at: www.elizabethbandeen.co.uk
Sue Berry is a retired primary school teacher who recently completed her Masters degree looking at how menopause affects teachers. Sue is also a veteran host of Menopause Cafe events in Kent, and a valuable contributor to our virtual Menopause Cafe events.
Dr Melanie Santorini is an author, former banker, Oxford academic, as well as retreat host and facilitator. Melanie was one of the first tranche of women to be ordained into the Church of England. We spoke to Melanie about her passion for helping women find their voice, Riding the Dragon women circle events, and her love of the beautiful Scottish landscape.
You can find Melanie at: www.melaniesantorini.org
Laura Shuckburgh is a midlife coach specialising in helping men and women get the best out of their lives, and helping them to map out a way of living and thriving through midlife. We spoke to Laura about the invisible symptoms of menopause, exercise, and the importance of involving men in conversations about menopause.
You can find Laura at: www.marvellousmidlife.co.uk