Sometimes you don't know why you're reading a book other than the fact that the title has the words "uterus" and "pain" in it. That was my experience when I said "yes" to Abby Norman's passionate new book, Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain.
To be honest, when I first started reading it I thought: I'm not too sure I want to read a pain memoir. But about 50 pages in, when I found myself unable to stop talking with my husband at breakfast about the book, I knew I was hooked.
In this episode, Abby and I talk about her health journey, the little that's known about endometriosis and the myths out there (it's shocking), plus we explore why women who talk about their pain are often not believed and what we can do about it.
Get a huge cup of something restful to drink, lay back, and join us. Abby's such a treat!
- Abby's book, Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain
- New York Times review of Ask Me About My Uterus.
- Abby Norman's website
- Susan Sontag, Illness As Metaphor essay
- Maya Dunsenberry, Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick
- Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English, For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women
- Endometriosis resources: EndoWhat?, Endo Warriors, Citizen Endo (Noemie, this project, and the app were mentioned in the book!), Endometriosis Foundation of America
- If you want to dive deep into the endometriosis research Abby recommends GLOWN.
- Gilda Radner
- Annie Dillard
- Jackie Kennedy; Caroline Kennedy's book, She Walks In Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems
- Photos of Abby and Book: Karen Olson