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Why me?

From Catholic Schoolgirl with an eating disorder to badass entrepreneur with a vision to change the world.  You can trust that I'm passionately committed to you being your best. 

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My story begins with sex education in secondary school. I was only twelve years old when a group of nuns, yes, nuns (I went to school in a convent), taught us about the birds and the bees in the gym hall. They showed us a diagram of male and female anatomy and explained how to avoid pregnancy. 

Instead of feeling empowered, I felt ashamed of my body and uncomfortable discussing anything related to sex or menstruation. As I aged, I realized that my experience was not unique. When I reached my forties and started wondering about menopause, I felt ashamed of getting older and scared that my life was already halfway over. It wasn’t until I started working with women who struggled with weight gain, sleep, and mood disorders during midlife that I realized the impact menopause could have on a woman’s healthspan. I’m a personal trainer, coach, and occasional magic mushroom guide and work with all sorts of people who are often battling something.

With many hours spent in google scholar rabbit holes, I learned perimenopause can start as early as a woman’s late thirties, and it’s simply another stage on the fertility continuum. But why hadn’t anyone talked about this before? Why wasn’t this information readily available.

I wonder if the nuns even knew about perimenopause. But Amanda, I’m glad we can do something about it now. Hysterical is the beginning of our mission to change how we approach menopause.

Hysterical is more than just a platform; it’s a community built by women to break the stigma around menopause and to ignite a whisper culture for women to share their midlife coming-of-age stories and health issues. We will be the generation of women who change the experience of menopause for all women coming up behind us. Menopause, menstrual cycles, pelvic health, and sex should not be taboo. Hysterical is just the start of a movement, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

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