This Morning’s Eva Speakman, 53, reveals she ‘didn’t know who she was’ and mourned the woman she used to be after brutal menopause symptoms
- Eva Speakman opened up about brutal menopause diagnosis on This Morning
- Presenter, 53, felt ‘lost’ and ‘didn’t know who she was’ at height of symptoms
- Revealed she lost her hair, suffered from brain fog and felt very low because of it
Eva Speakman has opened up about the brutal menopause symptoms she went through, that left her feel like she ‘didn’t know who she was.’
Speaking on This Morning, Eva, 53, who is more known to be dealing with other people’s phobias with her husband Nick rather than sharing her own personal issues, revealed she went through a brutal menopause two years ago.
The presenter, who lives with Nick in Littleborough, near Manchester, told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that her symptoms caused her to lose her hair and to experience brain fog that left her feeling ‘lost’ and moody.
Viewers sent messages of support to Eva and thanked her for sharing her menopause story on national TV.
Eva Speakman, 53, who lives with her husband Nick in Littleborough, near Manchester, has opened up about the brutal menopause symptoms she went through, that left her feel like she ‘didn’t know who she was’
Viewers sent messages of support to Eva and thanked her for sharing her menopause story on national TV
‘Knowing how very lost I felt, knowing how very confused, that I wanted people to know that actually, you can get through it, that there is light at the end of the tunnel,’ she said.
‘It’s been the toughest thing that I’ve ever, ever been through,’ she added.
The presenter revealed she began to experience symptoms of the menopause two years ago, which she described as her ‘absolute lowest.’
‘Not only did I not recognise myself, but I just got to a point where I was grieving for the people I had been.
The presenter told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that her symptoms caused her to lose her hair and to experience brain fog that left her feeling ‘lost’ and moody
Nick, Eva’s husband, said that his wife’s situation also affected him, because he didn’t know how to help her
‘It started with things like, my hair was falling out, things that I didn’t attribute to menopause, I had no clue,’ she admitted.
‘I’d wake up in the morning and it’s as if the floor was on fire. I couldn’t put my feet down because of the pain in my feet and my ankles.
‘I started to gain weight, 24lbs in weigh I gained. My brain fogged, I felt a low mood,’ she explained.
She added that she felt like nobody could understand what she was going through.
‘There came a point where I remember saying to Nick “I honesty don’t know who I am. I don’t now who this person is”.
Eva was eventually diagnosed, and began to experiment with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) however, it took her a while to find a combination of hormones that worked for her
People were touched by Eva’s revelations and thanked her for sharing her experience. Some said they had been trough a similar story
She also explained that she did not attribute any of her symptoms to the menopause at first, because she didn’t experience the most talked about tell-tale signs, such as hot flushes.
‘I didn’t attribute it to menopause, because I was waiting for that hot flush, but it wasn’t happening. I was having periods – I never had particularly regular periods so the fact they ere slightly irregular was no different,’ she added.
‘And because of the brain fog, I was thinking “Am I having early onset Alzheimer’s? Is there something wrong with my brain?”
She added that the symptoms affected her in her professional life, because she was afraid to be in front of the cameras.
‘Sometimes I was very frightened that I was gonna forget what I was gonna talk about,’ she said.
‘I didn’t want to let anybody down, because I was so confused and didn’t know I was going through menopause, so I genuinely thought it was me.’
Nick, Eva’s husband, said that his wife’s situation also affected him, because he didn’t know how to help her.
‘It was so difficult. Eva said she lost herself, i lost my best-friend,’ he said.
‘And I was supportive in the best way I could, but my job is to help people get better, and I couldn’t help her get better,’ he added.
‘I didn’t know what the problem was so I didn’t know the solution.’
Eva was eventually diagnosed, and began to experiment with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) however, it took her a while to find a combination of hormones that worked for her.
Eventually, after she found the right treatment for her, Eva began to start feeling better and lost the weight she had put on.
She also took up yoga as a way to deal with her menopause and stay fit.
‘Don’t let anybody tell you you can’t get through this,’ she said.
People were touched by Eva’s revelations and thanked her for sharing her experience.
‘Sending massive love and strength to Eva, Menopause is one of the most confusing and personality destroying times a woman can go through, I’ve been going through menopause for nearly a year and remembering my own name is an achievement some days,’ one said.
‘Eva just saw you on #ThisMorning and all I can say is thank you, I’ve said the same for a while, I don’t know who I am and feel lost! I’m recently on HRT was expecting a miracle but alas! I am going to get through this,’ another wrote.
‘Well done Eva on sharing your journey of the menopause, I’m sure it’ll help a lot of people,’ another said.
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