I was exhausted from countless sleepless nights and was worried I’d make mistakes at work.
I started to get flustered in meetings, losing the thread of what I’d been trying to get across. It was embarrassing and I felt like I was letting my employer down.
I was constantly worried about having to rush out of a meeting to deal with a sudden heavy period or the hot flushes that would come out of nowhere.
I felt I wasn’t the same person anymore, I began to retreat into my shell and the quality of my work suffered because I was afraid to ask for help.