1. SE3: EP23 One Woman's Story of Breast Cancer and Menopause in Lockdown Clarissa Kristjansson 42:51

Gerry Joaquim’s story can be summed up in one-word Resilience.

This week clinical hypnotherapist Gerry joins me to share her story of being diagnosed with breast cancer while in Menopause at the height of the UK Covid Lockdown.

One of the key takeaways is that screening IS essential and not something to be skipped over. It might feel uncomfortable but a few minutes of the discomfort might just save your life.

We talk about how we can face and lean into adversity instead of railing against a diagnosis like cancer, therefore giving ourselves more energy to find solutions.

Since Gerry has been prescribed Tamoxifen, an estrogen receptor blocker, she is unable to have HRT. We share some insights on how you can cope with menopausal symptoms, without being able to take HRT or support medicines naturally? Yoga has become one of Gerry’s go-to ways to move after years of being a runner.

And why listening to your body, resting and practising Self-Care is critical to your recovery pathway.

You can connect with Gerry on her website https://www.geraldinejoaquim.co.uk/blog

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Clarissa Kristjansson Independant Podcaster

At 62 Clarissa Kristjansson knows that menopause can be positive, transformational and an upgrade in our creativity. Clarissa is an internationally recognized menopause educator, third-age women's health coach, and certified mindfulness and medical qi gong practitioner.

A neuroscientist and former corporate high-flyer it was her own perimenopause experience that set her on a different path to empower women. And by cracking open the conversation about our beliefs and behaviour we can shift the collective mindset to seeing menopause not as the end but as an opportunity for reinvention and revitalization.

She is the host of the popular Thriving Thru Menopause podcast.