I was born in Preston, Lancashire to my parents Carol and David who were both hard working, helpful professionals. My mum was a Nurse and my dad was a Fireman. That’s probably where I get my urge to care from but not being a big fan of blood and vommit, nursing was not a career that would have suited me lol.
My real passion at school was art and when I left at the age of 16 I attended art college and Polytechnic, studying 3D Design including stained glass, glass blowing and ceramics and Art History. I absolutely loved being creative and still do 33 years later.
At the age of 18 I met my future husband. We got engaged and bought a house which meant I took on a full time job at our local Opticians as an Optical Assistant. I went on to study Optics at Bradford and qualified as a Dispensing Optician which would be my career for over 15 years. At the age of 21 we married and moved from Preston to Radcliffe, Greater Manchester and I took on a Management role at a huge high street chain of Opticians, managing two practices for a few years before leaving to do locum work, covering holiday and sickness for many different companies.
I had always struggled with migraines since being a teenager. I can remember my very first one. It happened during a maths lesson at Secondary school. I was looking at the blackboard and all of a sudden my vision was pixelated and I felt very sick. It wasn’t long before the pain kicked in and I was violently sick and light sensitive. My periods that started when I was 13 began to become very random, I experienced debilitating pelvic pain and horrendous mood swings, anxiety and depression as well as bad acne on my face and hair growth again on my face and body, in fact I had all of these PCOS symptoms and then some.
It took numerous visits to various GP’s, a referral to Bury General for a Pituitary Gland scan and countless blood tests before I was lucky enough in 1990 to find the amazing Dr David Polson, a Consultant Gynaecologist with over 30 years’ experience in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a special interest in PCOS and finally get a diagnosis and treatment.
Fast forward a few years and after receiving Reiki from a friend I was hooked. Retraining and a career change followed and I added to my skillset as a therapist and tutor, specialising in fertility, chronic illness and stress management.
In 2013 I walked away from a 24 year marriage and my home, beginning a journey of self discovery and healing. We divorced and I went on to welcome a new partner and my beloved dog Rosie into my life and expanded my business. The rest, they say is history 😉