I was shocked at the lack of awareness and understanding out there about peri menopause and menopause. I want my book to empower people and let them know that they are not on their own and that there is support out there for them.
I felt compelled to write the book that I wished I’d had at the time but could not find. Lots of women through Meg’s Menopause (my website here) have also asked me to write a book over the past few years. I know it has the potential to become an amazing resource for women and men to have a significant impact in their lives.
I hope my book will be the Bible of the Menopause to be read by all women and their families. I worked with many top experts to pull all the best information together in one place. I think it’s beautifully packaged with great illustrations.
How do you think menopause awareness and support for women has changed in the last few years?
Sadly, I don’t think it has changed enough at all – we still have a long way to go. That’s why I’m so dedicated to the work I do in this area. The odd high-profile person or celebrity has come out to raise awareness and that does really help to get the conversation going and break down taboos.
You managed to launch your MegsMenopause app before lockdown. With the emphasis on managing mental health, and the increased challenges facing everyone at present, what sort of feedback are you seeing from app users? Have you made any changes to the app as a result?
I’m so pleased that women are able to chat with each other on the app. I did a forum on the app where women can chat and ask questions. It helps to banish the taboos and it’s a great community for the women to share and ask questions in a safe environment. It’s so important these women know they are not on their own.
More of us are living longer, which means women’s lives can include a significant post-menopausal stage. How do you see our future society making positive changes to accommodate this?
We should not really be living as long and it’s all about prevention now, and once people get their head around prevention things will improve. We should educate the workplace through HR departments to support women throughout their career.
Knowledge is power and we need to re-educate ourselves. Doctors are only trained for 3 hours on menopause throughout their whole training.
We have to change and work with MPs and every woman should be entitled and know about menopause.
The Covid situation has affected us all in different ways. How have you been managing in lockdown?
For me I was able to actually be more involved with the women DMing me for encouragement and basic advice as I had more time. During lockdown I had two to three hundred DMs a day about the menopause.
During lockdown I managed by keep fit online with ‘Richie Swan in the Kitchen’ – Ricky’s kitchen work outs – I started in May and did them 3 days a week (Tues, Wed, Thursday)
I always walk with my dogs and do 10mins of yoga, a bit of mediation etc. 15 mins in the morning every day, drink water or green juice then 10 mins yoga, a bit of mediation and then a dog walk.
You’ve mentioned the importance of walking your dog every day; how else do you like to unwind?
My whole thing is I spent most of my life being sociable but now it’s all about my dog Ziggy – we support each other throughout. I enjoy seeing friends but I also love being at home.
Do you have any other creative outlets as well as your writing? If not, what would you like to try?
I have passions like interiors where I have designed wallpaper and designed homes for clients. I love dressing houses stylishly but cost effectively. I like to use vision boards to focus my mind on what I want to create in my life for the year ahead.
What would your perfect day look like?
My perfect day is not to have anything organised – it’s to get up in the morning to walk Ziggy my dog, have a coffee then go home and maybe pick up a book or call one of my good friends and pop out to see them.
I try to live in the moment now. I love to be at home and enjoy calm freedom.
Who do you think is your typical reader, if such a person exists? Who would you love to read your book?
Men, women, this book is for everyone; it’s for my Dad, your kids, your male friend.
It’s the book you pass on to your boss, your best friend, your head of HR.
What are you reading at the moment?
Sam Baker’s book The Shift
Meno Pop, a pop-up book from America
Lily Allen’s autobiography
What was your favourite book as a child? Eloise who lived in a hotel
Mallory Towers as I went to boarding school at an early age
Favourite ever books of all time? The Just So Stories
Thank you very much for speaking to us, we wish you every success with the book.
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