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CEO Thoughts: Today was a tough day

Last updated on October 10, 2020
CEO Thoughts: Today was a tough day

Raise your hand if you had an epically tough day this week. Mine was today and it was a shit show.

It started with a family member in the ER with appendicitis waiting hours to get into the OR for surgery; then a few appointment scheduling things broke on Gennev.com; next about 2000 women who were expecting their Menopause Assessment results had to wait a bit longer due to yet another technical glitch; then my refrigerator died.

There is nothing like grabbing a steak to thaw for dinner from the freezer and it’s already room temperature.

I chatted with a friend to cancel weekend plans; I vented to a few women on the team over Slack who lent sympathetic ears; and I texted another friend to help coordinate cars for the post-surgery caravan home.

And then this came in from one of our Gennev patients who uncovered one of the snarly bugs we found in our patient dashboard today (its small, so stretch it to read):

I wanted to cry. She was so thoughtful and helpful. She was a woman helping women.

One woman on my team said to me, “…seriously, we just have to call this one!”

That made me laugh.

What gets you through the tough stuff? For me, it’s women in my life.

In fact, I think it is time with girlfriends that I’ve missed most during the pandemic. Zoom is not good for hugs or weekends away.

Who is your girl group?

How about with menopause or midlife change? Who are the friends you feel comfortable sharing the parts of you that may not be so shiny?

For many women that we support at Gennev, they don’t have someone to talk to about loneliness, anxiety, weight gain, painful periods, painful sex, the list goes on.

I was chatting with Stasi Kasianchuk, Gennev’s Director of Coaching this week about how hard it is for women to share their midlife challenges for fear of judgement or bringing the other person down. Often, they will use their Gennev Coach as a listening ear and accountability partner.

We need women, so here’s an offer: If you’d like to bring a small group of friends together virtually for discussion about midlife health changes, the menopause blues, eating better for 7 days, or whatever is challenging you, one of our Health Coaches will facilitate a private happy hour for you and your gang…on us. You supply the women, topic and drinks; our coaches will facilitate the discussion and offer advice.

Our Health Coaches are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. And don’t let the “dietitian” title fool you; they’re experienced and trained in all types of midlife-topics, including sleep, sex, skin and hair, anxiety and depression, even re-imaging life 2.0.

Let’s make August the month for leaning into the women around us that cheer us up. If you don’t have any, we’ll be that for you.


Jill Angelo

Co-Founder and CEO, Gennev

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