I was late among most of the girls I knew. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Any schoolgirl can talk about love, Virginia Woolf famously said, but 'let a sufferer try to describe a pain in his head to a doctor and language at once runs dry. Reading her book let me know that my own struggles with endometriosis and adenomyosis are real, not in my head, and to keep searching for the right doctor who will listen and validate my pain. Norman's life is much more than a disease. This is absolutely an important non-fiction read of 2018.
For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In the fall of 2010, Abby Norman's strong dancer's body dropped forty pounds and gray hairs began to sprout from her temples. Praise For… Selected as one of the top ten titles in Lifestyle for Spring 2018. Putting her own trials into a broader historical, sociocultural, and political context, Norman shows that women's bodies have long been the battleground of a never-ending war for power, control, medical knowledge, and truth. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too often faced by all women who look for help addressing chronic issues alongside her personal history to create a nuanced tale of what it takes to take your health and hope into your own hands. S I wrote a short note to the author via Instagram and she so kindly replied.
A personal story of endometriosis pain mixed in with the meta-tale of how female pain has always been undervalued by a male-dominated medical profession. Norman begins to do medical and scientific research about endometriosis. I do have to say that I don't really understand why the book was structured the way it is since the all of the chapters seem to be shifting between various topics that mostly aren't related at all only for them to be picked up again several chapters later. Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. But her chronic endometriotic pain is a whole other level.
While Norman should be lauded for her perseverance and determination in her struggle to understand her condition, seek a cure, and bring attention to a disease that likely plagues more than one in ten women, I do wish her book had received the editorial oversight it needed. This means she details personal stories of sickness, frustration, loss, and even heartbreak. Sometimes science just isn't there yet, and it doesn't make your condition any less real or debilitating. I mean, why the hell, should we suffer in silence? As Norman puts it, the patriarchy of pain doesn't have to be the norm. It was quite tedious and repetitive at times, but I believe, in a way, that is a small testament to how the author must have felt and probabl I was really looking forward to reading this, and now that I'm done with it, I can tell you my excitement was not displaced. A cross between a blunt but heart-felt memoir and a medical mystery; Abby delves into life with chronic pain and a medical system which refuses to believe it. It doesn't let up, and she describes it in detail.
While it does tackle a very difficult and relevant topic, the author's ramblings and tangents just had me heavily skimming the second half of the book. The author is clearly an adept writer with a wealth of personal stories to draw from - the more polished pieces in the book are truly heart-wrenching - and I would have loved to see that more regularly. Not that I would want the book to be completely chronological but it would have been nice if all these topics had been summed up in individual chapters instead of blending everything together to a point where a lot of the structural choices seemed random. Synopsis For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In the fall of 2010, Abby Norman's strong dancer's body dropped forty pounds and gray hairs began to sprout from her temples. It is also an important reminder that there is still a culture of silence surrounding women's gynecological health in the twenty-first century, and that there is work yet to be done when it comes to advocating for women's healthcare. Instead, she offers searing commentary on how women have been conditioned to avoid seeking treatment or admitting that we feel bad in the first place.
Her research led to a successful surgery to remove a problematic appendix and to the discovery that part of her large intestine was not where it ought to be. I liked this overall, but had a hard time reading it, and it wasn't what I was expecting. Thankfully, my excitement was not misplaced. Putting her own trials into a broader historical, sociocultural, and political context, Norman shows that women's bodies have long been the battleground of a never-ending war for power, control, medical knowledge, and truth. Her work has been featured in Harper's, The Independent, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, Futurism, Paste, Seventeen, Atlas Obscura, Medium, and others. These are the most powerful passages in Norman's book, those that question the value we place on fertility at the expense of comfort and health.
Somehow, she survives this and has the unimaginable presence of mind to request emancipation at age sixteen. As a patient advocate and speaker, she has been on conference faculty at the Endometriosis Foundation of America, Stanford University's Medicine X conference, and received health literacy training through the Dartmouth Institute. Freud and Dora to Dr. The title is really a problem, I think. Science writer Abby Norman shares her own experiences with endometriosis in her new book,. Is it a result of her difficult childhood? Praise For Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain… Selected as one of the top ten titles in Lifestyle for Spring 2018.
I still don't know what exactly is wrong with me but there were so many parts of the book I could relate to, even if my experiences were by far not as bad as the author's, and at times I just wanted to put the book down and never pick it up because it was surprisingly triggering for me. Though, the author is justified sometimes in the incompetence of the medical professionals that she encountered, the way she makes it sound is that there isn't a single doctor out there who will take a woman seriously when she comes to them with pain. Her strong dancer's body dropped forty pounds and gray hairs began to sprout from her temples. She lives on the coast of Maine with her dog, Whimsy. We still have to fight to be heard, and that is where the health care system fails us. I have never once in memory cried because of a book, but this made me sob. It's hitting all my feminist and history and medicine buttons.
If you know a woman who has dealt with chronic pain and invisible illness, and you do, then you need to read this book. Often, the disease is described as what happens when the uterine lining grows in other parts of the body. My hope is that anyone involved in women's health will read her story and revisit the way we treat women and their health concerns in our culture. In the fall of 2010, during her sophomore year of college, then 19-year-old Abby Norman was repeatedly hospitalized in excruciating pain. As a matter of fact, more of the non-uterus owning half of the population should read these! Norman not only is a voice for the voiceless, but a voice for the exhausted, the pained, the misunderstood, the lost, the alone, and the ones who are just now beginning what will become an arduous journey to the truth. Does the congenital lack of a Y chromosome predispose a patient to worse outcomes regardless of what condition or disease they present with? This read is both extremely frustrating but also immensely inspiring.