Olympic legend Lisa Curry has spoken out about the nightmare health condition that turned her into a ‘different person’ during her first marriage.
Curry, 58, a triple Australian Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, revealed she had suffered from extreme mood swings since her early twenties.
The swimmer said she was stressed, irritable, quick to anger and was eventually diagnosed with a hormone imbalance when she retired in the late 1990s.
‘It was hormonal so it wasn’t all the time. But those couple of days a month, I just turned into this different person,’ she told The Courier Mail.
Triple Olympian Lisa Curry (pictured), 58, has spoken out about her nightmare hormone condition that turned her into ‘a different person’ every month
The swimmer (pictured left) said the condition had an intense impact on life with her former husband Olympian Grant Kenny (right) and that she was ‘awful to live with’
Curry, who wasn’t diagnosed until her mid-thirties, said she was heavily affected by being a mother-of-three and an elite level outrigger canoe competitor.
She explained the condition also impacted on her then-husband Olympian and former Ironman surf lifesaver Grant Kenny.
‘I was moody, irritable and very quick to temper to the point, I’m ashamed to say, I was pretty awful to live with at times,’ Curry said.
The Olympian said Kenny was now aware of the condition but that it created an intense strain on their marriage at the time.
The pair split amicably after 23 years of marriage in 2009 and Curry remarried Mark Tabone, 54, a former hairdresser and tribute artist entertainer in 2018.
Curry still takes a hormone balancing supplement and now lives with her husband of two years in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland.
She said the COVID-19 pandemic has proved the importance of managing stress levels and maintaining a heathy lifestyle.
Curry (pictured at the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980) said she wasn’t diagnosed with the hormone imbalance until she had retired from swimming and was in her thirties
‘Many women, including myself, have found a sense of calm when your hormones are balanced. That’s a bit step in the right direction as far as stress is concerned, especially when there is so much going on in the world,’ Curry explained.
Curry said hormone imbalances could occur from a host of reasons including stress, lack of sleep, synthetic hormones, alcohol consumption and sugar intake.
The Olympian has co-founded hormone business Happy Healthy You with the naturopath who first diagnosed her own hormone imbalance Jeff Butterworth.
They sell a variety of hormone balancing supplements labelled ‘Happy Hormones’ and products supporting weight loss.
Curry has also released a four-week eating plan called the Happy Reset Program aimed at resetting the metabolism and decreasing inflammation.
The Olympian (pictured right) now lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with her husband of two years, 54-year-old Mark Tabone (pictured left)