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Ask me about my uterus : a quest to make doctors believe in women's pain, Abby Norman

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Ask me about my uterus : a quest to make doctors believe in women's pain
Title
Ask me about my uterus
Title remainder
a quest to make doctors believe in women's pain
Statement of responsibility
Abby Norman
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Language
eng
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 forty 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"--
  • "As patients, we're asked to rate our pain on a scale of one to ten. Yet as any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, endometriosis, or childbirth can attest, even if you report a level ten, you'll have to fight hard to have your pain taken seriously. In the fall of 2010, Abby Norman went from a healthy, ambitious college sophomore to an emaciated, wandering girl. Her strong dancer's body dropped forty pounds and gray hairs began to sprout from her temples. For weeks 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 school and embarked on what would become a years-long journey to discover what was wrong with her. Along the way she would come to recognize--and repeatedly battle--medicine's systemic gender bias, pushing for treatment and a diagnosis as doctors shrugged at her unusual symptoms. It wasn't until she took matters into her own hands--securing a job in the hospital and educating herself over lunchtime reading in the medical library--that she found an accurate self-diagnosis of endometriosis, one that she had to convince an open-minded doctor to confirm. Here, 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. Through it all, Norman has become a patient activist, speaking out on behalf of female patients everywhere, and sharing her experiences wherever she can. Her story is a powerful and disturbing reminder of how far we have to go before healthcare can live up to its dictum to "do no harm.""--
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Biography type
autobiography
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Norman, Abby
Dewey number
618.1
Index
no index present
LC call number
RG 483 .E53 N67 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WP 390
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Norman, Abby
  • Endometriosis
  • Endometriosis
  • Women
  • HEALTH & FITNESS
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HEALTH & FITNESS
  • Women
  • Endometriosis
  • Patients
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Ask me about my uterus : a quest to make doctors believe in women's pain, Abby Norman
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-272)
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 272 pages
Isbn
9781568585819
Lccn
2017043712
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)993419776
  • (OCoLC)ocn993419776
Label
Ask me about my uterus : a quest to make doctors believe in women's pain, Abby Norman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-272)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 272 pages
Isbn
9781568585819
Lccn
2017043712
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)993419776
  • (OCoLC)ocn993419776

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