EPISODE 30: MIND with Jeanette Kehoe Perkinson
A word from Jeanette:
“My story started when my Kiwi husband, two children and I moved halfway across the world from Europe to New Zealand where, soon after, I started a demanding executive role in a bank. While I had held complex Global executive roles for many years, banking was a sector which was new to me and was just starting to experience unprecedented and high-profile regulatory changes in New Zealand.
At the same time, I began experiencing unfamiliar health symptoms; night sweats, brain fog, mood swings, anxiety, sudden weight gain, memory lapses, fatigue, hot flushes – you get the picture. I was in the grasp of peri-menopause but, apart from the obvious hot flushes, I didn’t realise the other symptoms were menopausal. Instead, I chalked them all up to the pressures of moving country, moving house, helping our children to settle in, making new friends and moving jobs. At the worst point, I thought I might even have early-onset dementia!
If I had known more about peri-menopause, if the information had been easily accessible and openly discussed, maybe I wouldn’t have had to endure the most painful resignation of my corporate life, after only 12 months in my new job.
After many conversations across time zones with my old friends, and extensive reading and research, I realised menopause may be the culprit and I reached out to a wonderful doctor who gave me HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) which worked wonders for me and totally transformed my world!
I am happy to say that I’m now post-menopause and back to my normal self; in fact, I feel like my life has begun again, but with even more energy. I’m sleeping well, eating a healthier diet, exercising daily and I’m feeling fabulous and hugely positive again!”
1 in 5 women over the age of 45 years will leave their jobs due to lack of support and understanding of perimenopause and menopause symptoms affect their performance. They take with them experience, skills and learnings on how to train and mentor others. In this podcast episode, Jeanette and I discuss how important it is that the workplace can identify HOW to support and retain midlife women.
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