Debbie Baisden is a popular British menopause campaigner, comedian and Pub Landlady (which, if you are not from the UK, is quite different from a bartender).
Ann Marie speaks to Debbie while she is in Scotland, spending a week performing and promoting her one-woman show Menopause Party at the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show centers around her alter ego (and fellow Pub Landlady) Dolly Slateman and aims to get people laughing about menopause and learning something about it too. In addition to touring and performing as Dolly, Debbie is a regular on BBC Radio and has done workshops on menopause for companies including UNISON and Westminister Council, all with the goal of raising awareness and reducing isolation.
Among the highlights:
• how and why Debbie started performing in her late 40s
• raising awareness (and laughs) alongside the #menopauserevolution
• recognizing the upsides while not obsessing about the downsides of menopause
• what her own sudden and hard menopause experience was like
• how she got over her fear of HRT and what happened when she did
• her top tips for dealing with hot flushes (flashes) and anxiety
• how to feel the fear of doing some new and do it anyway
Where you can find Debbie (and Dolly):
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