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Publisher's Summary

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 40 pounds, and gray hairs began to sprout from her temples. She was repeatedly hospitalized in excruciating pain, but the doctors insisted it was a urinary tract infection and sent her home with antibiotics. Unable to get out of bed, much less attend class, Norman dropped out of college and embarked on what would become a years-long journey to discover what was wrong with her. It wasn't until she took matters into her own hands - securing a job in a hospital and educating herself over lunchtime reading in the medical library - that she found an accurate diagnosis of endometriosis.

In Ask Me About My Uterus, Norman describes what it was like to have her pain dismissed, to be told it was all in her head, only to be taken seriously when she was accompanied by a boyfriend who confirmed that her sexual performance was, indeed, compromised. 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. It's time to refute the belief that being a woman is a preexisting condition.
 

©2018 Abby Norman (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Required reading for anyone who is a woman, or has ever met a woman. This means you." (Jenny Lawson, author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy)

"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." (Kirkus Reviews)

"This book deals with 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." (Padma Lakshmi, New York Times best-selling author and cofounder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America)

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A fantastic memoir and history of female pain

Beautifully read and written. A must for anyone with endo or chronic pain. Note that this is written as a memoir and not a history of endometriosis (although that is included).

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Relatable and Inspiring

The narrator told her story beautifully. Going to it listen again. Truely inspiring to women.

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Loved it

I loved this book and the many stories she told in it. I laughed, cried, cursed aloud at the drs who don’t listen to the cries of women suffering and just down right enjoyed listening to this book. Thank you Abby for sharing such personal parts of your life!

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Gifted and insightful storyteller

Abby Norman's memoir of her struggles with endometriosis is full of tenderness, wit and her sharp intellect. Ms. Norman's candor and vulnerability are a gift to readers. Her book is the rare exception in which the author is the perfect reader of her own work.

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A must read

Do your self a favor if you experience any type of chronic pain, especially if related to reproductive disease. Abby’s intelligence, literary prowess and candid approach to sharing her own story brought me both humor and comfort. I came away from this book enriched in both informative learning and emotional support.

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An absorbing and illuminating book...

Particularly for anyone who has struggled to figure out what is happening with their body. Abby Norman's determination and perseverance in the face of a heart-wrenching number of obstacles is truly inspiring. She brings you along on her journey to make sense of her illness and experiences within the health care industry.

This is must-read because once I spent time with Norman as she both experiences first-hand and researches how women's descriptions of their own symptoms are ignored and minimized within the health care system, I started noticing this bias and its affects more frequently than I would have thought. The way she weaves her personal story with the historical origins behind this issue kept my attention while reminding me it is critical to explore the question: "How did we get here?"

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I have no idea why this book is so highly rated

I must remind myself to never buy a book that is read by the author, and not a professional narrator,and this one is no exception. Her story is unique but there is too little of her personal experience and way too much history about medical issues regarding women and technical detail that, while moderately interesting, make for dull listening. I do not recommend this book unless you personally have endometriosis

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