Staness Jonekos is an advocate for women's health, wellness and empowerment. An award-winning television writer, producer and director, she was one of the original executive producers who launched the television network Oxygen Media, cofounded by Oprah Winfrey.
Her passion for women's health led Staness to co-executive produce the premiere season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, and also Lifetime's Speaking of Women's Health.
Today Staness is a a crusader for “the change.” You'll understand when you read her story.
"It took 30 years of dating to find the man of my dreams, and it took 30 days to find out that I was smack dab in the middle of menopause. Being a forty-something, first-time engaged woman, I was enjoying all the traditional celebrations that go with being a bride-to-be. With the exception excessive sweating from hot flashes during wedding preparations, dry itchy skin during make-up trials, having breasts so swollen they entered my bridal shower before I did, laying in bed awake from night sweats and not from a wild night with my Prince Charming.
Unlike the romantic experience I was having being engaged to Mr. Right, menopause felt like being engaged to Mr. Wrong. I became desperate to find answers quickly before I scared off my future groom with cranky moods, and before I out grew my wedding gown. I searched bookstores, on-line sources and spoke to doctors begging for a plan that would help me return to feeling normal and looking like myself.
There were no books, or on-line guides with the action plan I needed. There were numerous books, and other sources on menopause by doctors with vast amounts of medical information, but they merely explained and confirmed my current menopause situation. I needed information that was brief, to-the- point with a clear-cut map with the direction I needed to take. Going through terrible menopause symptoms, gaining weight, driving everyone crazy with cranky moods, I was far from happy. After extensive research and finding my own answers, I created a 12-week plan that worked. A plan that changed my life, balaned my hormones, and helped restore my health and beauty…. all in time for my wedding day, whew!"
Recently, Staness launched into the publishing world sharing her 8-step 12-week Menopause Makeover program in her first book The Menopause Makeover, co-authored with menopause expert Dr. Wendy Klein.