BERNICE Blackstock is left reeling after some shocking news about her health.
Fans of the Yorkshire-based drama were convinced she’d be set for a health storyline as she was seen taking frequent trips to the bathroom and feeling very thirsty.
While she initially feared she could be diagnosed with dementia, village GP Liam Cavanagh eventually cleared things up.
He let her know she was actually going through the menopause, which Laurel Thomas had also thought of.
Coming up next week, Bernice struggles to digest her diagnosis and grapples with both loneliness and other menopausal symptoms.
Bernice longs for something of her own and regrets quitting her job at PampaManda, Mandy Dingle’s beauty salon.
As viewers may know, Bernice left her job on a whim following a mishap but soon wonders what she could be doing with her spare time.
While viewers will have to wait before they can find out if Bernice gets her job back, she gets rattled by a strange discovery.
In Café Main Street, Bernice stumbles upon a joker card left after the morning’s poker game.
She wonders how she should interpret its meaning but soon makes an offer.
Bernice’s behaviour became a cause for concern in recent episodes of the program.
She most notably turned on a hose in Mandy’s beauty salon, resulting in a client being drenched.
This could be explained by the mental health impact menopause can have and symptoms often include a low mood, 不安, mood swings and even brain fog.
Physical symptoms of menopause include hot flushes, palpitations, difficulty sleeping, 体重増加, headaches and migraines.
What will Bernice do to cope with the change?
Emmerdale airs on ITV.