Ngaire had always considered herself healthy – until a series of profound challenges forced her to re-examine this belief.
At 25 years old, Ngaire was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). For more than a decade, she and her husband tried for a child – without success. Then, finally, the pair welcomed a daughter into the world. “It was amazing,” Ngaire recalls.
In 2018, Ngaire fell pregnant again – but tragically lost her unborn baby at 24 weeks. “It was heartbreaking,” she says. “My daughter knew what was happening. She was excited to be a big sister.”
While still grieving this devastating loss, Ngaire’s PCOS began to affect her hormones, which led to a raft of other health issues, including weight gain. “I went from 45 kilograms to 89 kilograms,” says Ngaire, who’s 150cm tall. “I knew something was wrong.”
To try and cope with the trauma of losing her baby, Ngaire threw herself into her career. “I got back into working too early,” she says. “It wasn’t a good thing to do.” A few months passed, and Ngaire began feeling increasingly tired and unwell. After consulting with a doctor, she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. “I felt betrayed by my body,” she remembers.