Suzanne Shaw thought she was having a stroke, but she was actually suffering from exhaustion.
The former health guru-turned-Hear’Say star quit drinking, switched to a plant-based diet and started meditating to improve her mental well-being after years of taking antidepressants, opening up about how an early health scare this year led her to take one day a week off from work so as not to have a nervous breakdown.
She told Closer UK: “Since January I’ve been non-stop.
“I’ve been working day and night!
“I really enjoy everything; I didn’t realize I was taking on too much and my brain started to feel very full.
“One night I was brushing my teeth, when I noticed that the toothpaste was running out of my mouth.
“When I looked in the mirror, it seemed like my face had sunk in a bit; if I smiled, I couldn’t hold my lip up.”
The 41-year-old star, who launched ‘The Happy Healthy Club’ wellness community on the web, admits if she hadn’t slowed down her hectic work schedule, she could have ended up seriously ill.
The mother of two, who has Corey, 17, with ex-boyfriend Darren Day, and Rafferty, six, with fiancé Sam Greenfield, added: “I felt very scared and shocked because I’m so health conscious.
“Thankfully nothing sinister showed up, but I think it was my body’s way of telling me to stop, or I would get seriously ill.
“So, I cleared my schedule for a while and now I take one day off a week to spend time with family.
“I feel much better, but it’s a real lesson.”