Megan opens about up about the challenges she faced as a new mum. Multiple surgeries for her young kids, plus a personal struggle with anxiety meant Megan had a lot to take on, both at home and in the healthcare system.
For both of Megan’s two children, the difficulties started right off the bat.
“Both of my kids have had kidney reflux so they essentially, over a series of surgeries and procedures they rebuild the bladder and the kidney and reconstruct the way everything flows which is a really intense major surgery for little ones,” explains Megan.
For Megan’s son, the health issues didn’t stop there.
“When he was born, he had severe laryngomalacia, which required airway surgery at five weeks old.”
“One day I put him in his bouncer. I turned to put toast in the toaster – and when I turned back he was completely grey. I just picked him up and as I moved him, his airways moved so he started breathing again.” she says, “That happened probably six times over the next two weeks.”
Even after multiple trips to the hospital, her son was not triaged, and they were no closer to getting him treated. An understandably nervous Megan decided to lean on her private health cover.
“I took him to my daughter’s private ENT. That was on a Friday afternoon and they ended up operating on the Monday.”
“The ENT wait times are between 18 months and two years.”
Admittedly tired, Megan believed that despite all the uncertainties, she was coping. But before long, it became clear that she needed help.
“I didn’t realise I was having quite severe anxiety. I just thought it was the lack of sleep and extra stresses. “It wasn’t until I ended up throwing up in the bin in the middle of the shopping centre that I realised “Oh that’s not a normal response to not being able to see your kid.” she adds, “Having a psychology background, and still knowing all the signs and what to look for, and how easily I could pinpoint it in other people, I still couldn’t recognise it in myself.”
This was a turning point for Megan. Determined to combat her anxiety, she looked at her physical health.
“For me, the more active I was, the more easily I could manage my anxiety.”
“Nothing gets out my anxiety better than a good run, so I just decided to do a triathlon. I knew a couple people that did it and I thought “Ah yeah, I could maybe do that.”
For most of us, completing one triathlon let alone multiple is incomprehensible, but for Megan it quickly became the tool she needed to be the best mum and version of herself possible.
“It’s really nice to make yourself a priority while you’re setting an example for your kids. Everything about it feels quite positive.”
Megan’s journey although filled with uncertainty taught her that, to take care of her family, first she needed to take care of herself.