Recently, I decided I can no longer maintain the PMDD-Community page and PMDD Awareness UK pages on Facebook. It breaks my heart every time I cannot respond to a message, and the pages need an injection of energy and enthusiasm that I just can't muster now towards PMDD things.
Within a few days of the call out on the community page I had found someone perfect for the position. It's a challenging place to be when you have thousands of likers and you can no longer continue what you started, so it was always my priority to hand over to people who I feel have every intention of keeping these spaces going to the best of their ability. Jenn Stephan has experience in running pages and women's health, alongside being a PMDD sufferer and is looking forward to adding more content and creating conversations on the page. I'm sure she will do just great.
So, I bid farewell to a community I have looked after for 4 years. It is both a sad and happy time. It will be strange not to check in on the page every couple of days and to no longer have the responsibility to reply to comments and queries. I am looking forward to really being able to move on without thinking about PMDD or being called back to help someone else in need. It may sound selfish, but I know I have dedicated a lot of my life to helping others while healing myself, but for this next part of the journey I need to go it alone (symbolically!). I still run a a couple of support groups (I don't know if I might need some support during the next part of my journey, or if that's even the right place, but it feels right to still have some connections there)
The PMDD Awareness UK page is also being handed on to a lady called Victoria. Victoria currently admins the UK support group and is looking to help raise more awareness. Victoria's own journey with PMDD sees her recovering from a hysterectomy, so if there is anyone who can understand first hand the struggles of living with PMDD it's her. I'm hoping she will enjoy running the page and helping others as much as I have. Taking hold of the PMDD baton and running with it is essential to the future of PMDD being understood, so I hope these women realise they are doing a worthwhile and needed job for others with the condition.
My best wishes to them both. The posts I make to these pages over the next few days will be my last, as I help the new ladies find their feet. I will always remember what was achieved and how much support I got through these spaces. If you are searching for help, go there now and ask for help. Someone is there waiting to listen and share advice.
Much love x