Natalie's Health and Self-care Journey
"During the development stages of Kiri10, I knew something wasn’t right with my health. I was incredibly tired all the time, to the point where I was sleeping most of the day and the brain fog was debilitating, this resulted in heightened anxiety and depression. I had a massive amount of passion to grow Kiri10, but it wasn’t moving forward due to my lack of brain power and fatigue.
After a visit to my GP in early 2022, I was diagnosed with ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic fatigue syndrome). She discovered I had developed this after I had Glandular Fever when I was 19, it had been present most of my life (this was like a light bulb moment when I look back over my 20’s). It had flared up and become more severe with the added pressure and stress of starting a business.
My GP put me in touch with some support groups and nurses who helped me better understand this illness and what that meant for me and my future. It has been very tough learning to pace myself as I’m an activator, so a natural “all or nothing” personality. I am now slowly understanding how better to read my body and my early warning signs.
Through the discovery of my own self-care and what that looked like for me, the research lead me into menopause and what this journey looks like for a lot of women. I learnt a lot of women feel like they’re alone or felt like it was "still too taboo" to discuss openly about. I sympathised, as many of my own symptoms are similar to menopausal ones and not many people understand Chronic Fatigue. Connecting with others, gave me a sense of belonging and validation.
My aim is to spread love, kindness, support and create a network for women to openly discuss how you’re feeling, if you're struggling with a chronic illness, menopause or with general life. So, listen up you beautiful ladies, let’s start connecting and sharing our experiences in the hope it may impact someone's life for the better.
Send me an email or give me a call. I’d love to hear about your experiences and how I can help as an individual and as a brand"