My name is Louise, I am a 46 year old mother, former GP, now medical writer and editor.
I worked in the NHS for 15 years, initially as an Anaesthetist and then as a GP, latterly as a GP partner in a busy rural practice for nine years. I loved my work and my patients but a brush with a near fatal pneumonia at 38 years old changed my entire outlook on life. I recovered and returned to the job I adored but found it emotionally tough to be away from my then young children. I took a career break to write a medical thriller (half finished) and then ended up wanting to put my medical hat back on three years ago. I started the project to create my first book ‘Your Best Life – A Doctor’s Secret Guide to Radiant Health Over 40’ which is to be released 28.9.20. I used my skills and knowledge from being a GP but researched much deeper into the science of nutrition, exercise and self help. You will find all the traditional aspects of medicine in my work (working from UK health guidelines)- I was a real old school doctor – from dermatology, gynaecology, eye health, dental care to how to stay happy and what fashion and social media means to women. You can read more about this in the book section of this site. Nothing replaces a consultation with your own doctor or nurse but looking after ourselves starts with every small habit we practise every day. These amazingly add up to have a potent impact on our health.
I am constantly updating myself on all aspects of academic knowledge that I gained as a GP and also the wider field of healthcare and what can complement it and prevent disease. I am an advocate of lifestyle medicine but through my own unconventional route of self discovery to get to this point.
I am now a member of the Medical Journalists Association and one of the medical editors and writers at www.netdoctor.co.uk for Hearst Magazines. I write, comment and edit for various publications and am the resident medical writer for www.thefrankmagazine.com. I absolutely love to motivate women through my writing and through speaking events where I am often asked to talk about many different aspects of women’s health. I don’t think women want to be told what to do, I think we need to understand why things might work then we will want to do them for ourselves.
I just want women over 40 to look at themselves and be motivated to improve their health and hopefully maximise their longevity and happiness. It is important that we calm our fears about changes that naturally occur as we get older and completely feel at ease in our own bodies. There are many things in life we cannot control but there are aspects of our health and mindset that we can take the reins of, no matter our age.
In so doing we should gain maximum enjoyment from life, revealing our true inner beauty in the process.