Abby Norman is a terrific storyteller with a gift for weaving memorable anecdotes, some drawn from medical history, others from recent scientific debates...[Her] life is much more than a disease...[An] important addition to a long tradition of pain memoirs.
A fresh, honest, and startling look at what it means to exist in a woman’s body, in all of its beauty and pain. Abby’s voice is inviting, unifying, and remarkably brave.
Required reading for anyone who is a woman, or has ever met a woman. This means you.
[This book] educates from the perspective of the ill—a side rarely seen as in depth as it is in this incredible read.
Compelling and impressively, Norman’s narrative not only offers an unsparing look at the historically and culturally fraught relationship between women and their doctors. It also reveals how, in the quest for answers and good health, women must still fight a patriarchal medical establishment to be heard. Disturbing but important reading.
Compelling…showing the toll poorly treated illness takes on a woman’s life and the heroic effort required to contribute to the world regardless.
In this searing memoir, Abby places her own infuriating experience in the broader context of misogyny in the medical industry.
[...] packed with fascinating historical detail about how women’s bodies have been misunderstood and mistreated by male doctors for centuries. . .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.
[...] such an important subject. Abby Norman’s odyssey with her own health is sadly an all too common story to those of us who suffered in silence for so long. 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.