A woman from Abbots has created an online support network for women going through the menopause after nine months of “living in a black hole”.
Karen Ashworth was living unhappily after she started the menopause and expressed how if she didn’t have work to get up for, she would have stayed in bed all day.
She said: “I’ve got great family and friends around me, I have my mother, my husband and my teenage daughter, but I still felt so alone and sad. I wasn’t prepared for what I was going through.
“I managed to seek counselling through my local GP and after five sessions, it definitely changed me, and inspired me to want to help others.
“A friend of mine, who goes to the same doctors I do, saw a different GP and received different information to what I received.
“Without having people around you who are experiencing the same thing, it can make you feel so incredibly low and lonely.”
According the NHS, most women experience menopausal symptoms, some of which can be quite severe and have a significant impact on everyday activities.
Karen said: “With my daughter’s help, we set up a closed Facebook group called ‘Surviving the Menopause’ for women to join and discuss any worries they have, or if they just want to chat to women experiencing the same symptoms as them as everyone is different.
“Women are suffering in silence. There is a real need for women to get some support because the system is lacking.”
The Facebook group already has gathered over a hundred members and has even reached ladies in Australia and Spain.
She added: “It’s such a rubbish time and if I can do anything to help make someone’s journey a little less painful or lonely, I want to.”
The Surviving the Menopause ladies are holding their first face-to-face meeting at Charter Court in Kings Langley on September 29, tickets are a £5 and there will be a raffle, lucky dip, a guest speaker and refreshments.
All funds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Now charity.
Picture courtesy of Diana Rozevskis