Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain

Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain

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 tr For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for re...

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Title:Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain
Author:Abby Norman
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1568585810
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain Reviews

  • Sarah
    May 09, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

  • Kathleen
    Apr 25, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand aga...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In...

    Part memoir, part manifesto. Norman's story is compelling, and her perspective provides an important challenge to the ways the medical field has discredited women throughout history. While she writes based on her own condition, I wish she had spent more time examining how medicine has ...

    This book was absolutely eye-opening, stomach-churning, and heart-wrenching. I myself do not suffer with endometriosis, but through Abby?s memoir, I was afforded a small glimpse into her past, her present, and her daily struggles. Her voice is so unique, painfully honest, and transpa...

    This book was heartbreaking, inspiring, validating, resilient, fantastical, and familiar all at once and I recommend it to everyone. I want to be friends with Abby Norman, and not just so we could complain about pain and male doctors together, but because she's got that perfect leve...

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy! All opinions are my own This book is HEAVY in more ways than one. Abby takes a deep dive into her upbringing, one filled with neglect and heartbreak and YET, she is tenacious. Despite her emancipation at sixteen, various health issue...

    At one point in Ask Me About My Uterus, Abby Norman's therapist wonders what she might have accomplished had she not faced so many challenges in her dysfunctional family and ongoing health crises. I understand the question, but you guys: Abby is amazing as-is. She is kind and brave and...

  • Ashley Holstrom
    Feb 09, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

  • Canadian Reader
    May 12, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

  • Jane
    Apr 11, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand aga...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In...

    Part memoir, part manifesto. Norman's story is compelling, and her perspective provides an important challenge to the ways the medical field has discredited women throughout history. While she writes based on her own condition, I wish she had spent more time examining how medicine has ...

    This book was absolutely eye-opening, stomach-churning, and heart-wrenching. I myself do not suffer with endometriosis, but through Abby?s memoir, I was afforded a small glimpse into her past, her present, and her daily struggles. Her voice is so unique, painfully honest, and transpa...

    This book was heartbreaking, inspiring, validating, resilient, fantastical, and familiar all at once and I recommend it to everyone. I want to be friends with Abby Norman, and not just so we could complain about pain and male doctors together, but because she's got that perfect leve...

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy! All opinions are my own This book is HEAVY in more ways than one. Abby takes a deep dive into her upbringing, one filled with neglect and heartbreak and YET, she is tenacious. Despite her emancipation at sixteen, various health issue...

    At one point in Ask Me About My Uterus, Abby Norman's therapist wonders what she might have accomplished had she not faced so many challenges in her dysfunctional family and ongoing health crises. I understand the question, but you guys: Abby is amazing as-is. She is kind and brave and...

    Abby Norman does an amazing job of describing life as a woman with endometriosis. She mixes in humor, with very specific details about living with this disease. It?s amazing she found the time and strength to write this terrific book. Reading her book let me know that my own struggle...

    Over two decades of my own chronic illness made me interested in the author's quest to make doctors believe in women's pain. I suffer from chronic migraines which, though recorded in medicine and history for a couple of centuries, doctors and researchers are just beginning to study. Si...

  • Nikki
    Feb 22, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

  • MarissaQ
    Apr 11, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

  • Lisa
    Dec 15, 2017

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

  • Meagan
    Mar 26, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand aga...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In...

    Part memoir, part manifesto. Norman's story is compelling, and her perspective provides an important challenge to the ways the medical field has discredited women throughout history. While she writes based on her own condition, I wish she had spent more time examining how medicine has ...

  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    May 06, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

  • Ashley
    May 04, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

  • Janday
    Nov 24, 2017

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

  • Alex Strick van Linschoten
    Mar 08, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

  • Rhiannon Johnson
    Mar 13, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

  • Cheyenne Westberg
    Apr 26, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand aga...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In...

    Part memoir, part manifesto. Norman's story is compelling, and her perspective provides an important challenge to the ways the medical field has discredited women throughout history. While she writes based on her own condition, I wish she had spent more time examining how medicine has ...

    This book was absolutely eye-opening, stomach-churning, and heart-wrenching. I myself do not suffer with endometriosis, but through Abby?s memoir, I was afforded a small glimpse into her past, her present, and her daily struggles. Her voice is so unique, painfully honest, and transpa...

  • Janet
    Nov 24, 2017

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand aga...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In...

  • Corinna Fabre
    Mar 05, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

  • Erin
    Feb 23, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

  • Vanessa
    Apr 04, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

  • Brittany Craig
    Mar 20, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand aga...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In...

    Part memoir, part manifesto. Norman's story is compelling, and her perspective provides an important challenge to the ways the medical field has discredited women throughout history. While she writes based on her own condition, I wish she had spent more time examining how medicine has ...

    This book was absolutely eye-opening, stomach-churning, and heart-wrenching. I myself do not suffer with endometriosis, but through Abby?s memoir, I was afforded a small glimpse into her past, her present, and her daily struggles. Her voice is so unique, painfully honest, and transpa...

    This book was heartbreaking, inspiring, validating, resilient, fantastical, and familiar all at once and I recommend it to everyone. I want to be friends with Abby Norman, and not just so we could complain about pain and male doctors together, but because she's got that perfect leve...

  • Heather
    Feb 14, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

  • Leticia
    Mar 29, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand aga...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In...

    Part memoir, part manifesto. Norman's story is compelling, and her perspective provides an important challenge to the ways the medical field has discredited women throughout history. While she writes based on her own condition, I wish she had spent more time examining how medicine has ...

    This book was absolutely eye-opening, stomach-churning, and heart-wrenching. I myself do not suffer with endometriosis, but through Abby?s memoir, I was afforded a small glimpse into her past, her present, and her daily struggles. Her voice is so unique, painfully honest, and transpa...

    This book was heartbreaking, inspiring, validating, resilient, fantastical, and familiar all at once and I recommend it to everyone. I want to be friends with Abby Norman, and not just so we could complain about pain and male doctors together, but because she's got that perfect leve...

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy! All opinions are my own This book is HEAVY in more ways than one. Abby takes a deep dive into her upbringing, one filled with neglect and heartbreak and YET, she is tenacious. Despite her emancipation at sixteen, various health issue...

    At one point in Ask Me About My Uterus, Abby Norman's therapist wonders what she might have accomplished had she not faced so many challenges in her dysfunctional family and ongoing health crises. I understand the question, but you guys: Abby is amazing as-is. She is kind and brave and...

    Abby Norman does an amazing job of describing life as a woman with endometriosis. She mixes in humor, with very specific details about living with this disease. It?s amazing she found the time and strength to write this terrific book. Reading her book let me know that my own struggle...

    Over two decades of my own chronic illness made me interested in the author's quest to make doctors believe in women's pain. I suffer from chronic migraines which, though recorded in medicine and history for a couple of centuries, doctors and researchers are just beginning to study. Si...

    This book is much more of a memoir than the title would imply, but her life story is so captivating, that you don't really mind too much when it strays off focus for a bit. It's definitely a book that I would want medical professionals to read, if only for them to recognize any unc...

    (You can also find this review on my blog.) cw: assault, eating disorders, attempted suicide, domestic abuse Spoiler-free Review of an eARC Provided by the Publisher and Netgalley It?s kind of strange: when I enter into conversations with medical professionals outside of the...

    I devoured this book (the audio book version) in few days. It is a beautiful mixture of memoir and historical and social commentary on the ways that the medical community treats (and largely dismisses women's pain). it was edifying to read a book I related to so much. ...

  • Paula Dennan
    Mar 27, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

  • Corinne Bennett
    May 11, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand aga...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In...

    Part memoir, part manifesto. Norman's story is compelling, and her perspective provides an important challenge to the ways the medical field has discredited women throughout history. While she writes based on her own condition, I wish she had spent more time examining how medicine has ...

    This book was absolutely eye-opening, stomach-churning, and heart-wrenching. I myself do not suffer with endometriosis, but through Abby?s memoir, I was afforded a small glimpse into her past, her present, and her daily struggles. Her voice is so unique, painfully honest, and transpa...

    This book was heartbreaking, inspiring, validating, resilient, fantastical, and familiar all at once and I recommend it to everyone. I want to be friends with Abby Norman, and not just so we could complain about pain and male doctors together, but because she's got that perfect leve...

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy! All opinions are my own This book is HEAVY in more ways than one. Abby takes a deep dive into her upbringing, one filled with neglect and heartbreak and YET, she is tenacious. Despite her emancipation at sixteen, various health issue...

  • April
    Mar 18, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

  • Sarah Ames-Foley
    Feb 16, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand aga...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In...

    Part memoir, part manifesto. Norman's story is compelling, and her perspective provides an important challenge to the ways the medical field has discredited women throughout history. While she writes based on her own condition, I wish she had spent more time examining how medicine has ...

    This book was absolutely eye-opening, stomach-churning, and heart-wrenching. I myself do not suffer with endometriosis, but through Abby?s memoir, I was afforded a small glimpse into her past, her present, and her daily struggles. Her voice is so unique, painfully honest, and transpa...

    This book was heartbreaking, inspiring, validating, resilient, fantastical, and familiar all at once and I recommend it to everyone. I want to be friends with Abby Norman, and not just so we could complain about pain and male doctors together, but because she's got that perfect leve...

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy! All opinions are my own This book is HEAVY in more ways than one. Abby takes a deep dive into her upbringing, one filled with neglect and heartbreak and YET, she is tenacious. Despite her emancipation at sixteen, various health issue...

    At one point in Ask Me About My Uterus, Abby Norman's therapist wonders what she might have accomplished had she not faced so many challenges in her dysfunctional family and ongoing health crises. I understand the question, but you guys: Abby is amazing as-is. She is kind and brave and...

    Abby Norman does an amazing job of describing life as a woman with endometriosis. She mixes in humor, with very specific details about living with this disease. It?s amazing she found the time and strength to write this terrific book. Reading her book let me know that my own struggle...

    Over two decades of my own chronic illness made me interested in the author's quest to make doctors believe in women's pain. I suffer from chronic migraines which, though recorded in medicine and history for a couple of centuries, doctors and researchers are just beginning to study. Si...

    This book is much more of a memoir than the title would imply, but her life story is so captivating, that you don't really mind too much when it strays off focus for a bit. It's definitely a book that I would want medical professionals to read, if only for them to recognize any unc...

    (You can also find this review on my blog.) cw: assault, eating disorders, attempted suicide, domestic abuse Spoiler-free Review of an eARC Provided by the Publisher and Netgalley It?s kind of strange: when I enter into conversations with medical professionals outside of the...

  • Hanna
    Jan 24, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

  • Amy
    May 10, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand aga...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In...

    Part memoir, part manifesto. Norman's story is compelling, and her perspective provides an important challenge to the ways the medical field has discredited women throughout history. While she writes based on her own condition, I wish she had spent more time examining how medicine has ...

    This book was absolutely eye-opening, stomach-churning, and heart-wrenching. I myself do not suffer with endometriosis, but through Abby?s memoir, I was afforded a small glimpse into her past, her present, and her daily struggles. Her voice is so unique, painfully honest, and transpa...

    This book was heartbreaking, inspiring, validating, resilient, fantastical, and familiar all at once and I recommend it to everyone. I want to be friends with Abby Norman, and not just so we could complain about pain and male doctors together, but because she's got that perfect leve...

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy! All opinions are my own This book is HEAVY in more ways than one. Abby takes a deep dive into her upbringing, one filled with neglect and heartbreak and YET, she is tenacious. Despite her emancipation at sixteen, various health issue...

    At one point in Ask Me About My Uterus, Abby Norman's therapist wonders what she might have accomplished had she not faced so many challenges in her dysfunctional family and ongoing health crises. I understand the question, but you guys: Abby is amazing as-is. She is kind and brave and...

    Abby Norman does an amazing job of describing life as a woman with endometriosis. She mixes in humor, with very specific details about living with this disease. It?s amazing she found the time and strength to write this terrific book. Reading her book let me know that my own struggle...

  • Katie
    Apr 24, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand aga...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - For any woman who has experienced illness, chronic pain, or endometriosis comes an inspiring memoir advocating for recognition of women's health issues In...

    Part memoir, part manifesto. Norman's story is compelling, and her perspective provides an important challenge to the ways the medical field has discredited women throughout history. While she writes based on her own condition, I wish she had spent more time examining how medicine has ...

    This book was absolutely eye-opening, stomach-churning, and heart-wrenching. I myself do not suffer with endometriosis, but through Abby?s memoir, I was afforded a small glimpse into her past, her present, and her daily struggles. Her voice is so unique, painfully honest, and transpa...

    This book was heartbreaking, inspiring, validating, resilient, fantastical, and familiar all at once and I recommend it to everyone. I want to be friends with Abby Norman, and not just so we could complain about pain and male doctors together, but because she's got that perfect leve...

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy! All opinions are my own This book is HEAVY in more ways than one. Abby takes a deep dive into her upbringing, one filled with neglect and heartbreak and YET, she is tenacious. Despite her emancipation at sixteen, various health issue...

    At one point in Ask Me About My Uterus, Abby Norman's therapist wonders what she might have accomplished had she not faced so many challenges in her dysfunctional family and ongoing health crises. I understand the question, but you guys: Abby is amazing as-is. She is kind and brave and...

    Abby Norman does an amazing job of describing life as a woman with endometriosis. She mixes in humor, with very specific details about living with this disease. It?s amazing she found the time and strength to write this terrific book. Reading her book let me know that my own struggle...

    Over two decades of my own chronic illness made me interested in the author's quest to make doctors believe in women's pain. I suffer from chronic migraines which, though recorded in medicine and history for a couple of centuries, doctors and researchers are just beginning to study. Si...

    This book is much more of a memoir than the title would imply, but her life story is so captivating, that you don't really mind too much when it strays off focus for a bit. It's definitely a book that I would want medical professionals to read, if only for them to recognize any unc...

  • Molly T
    Mar 07, 2018

    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Abby Norman for your courageous voice in advocating women's health. Ironically as I write this review, Nelly Furtado's version of Maneater is playing. A song that I feel my fellow Canuck turned...

    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. I very much enjoyed certain aspects of it, but also experienced feelings of indifference to it. At certain times, my attention strayed. I would read sever...

    "Even now, it's been so many years since I've lived in a pain-free body that I don't really remember what it feels like." I'd accuse Abby Norman of plagiarizing me if I didn't wholeheartedly, bone-achingly, gut-wrenchingly, atom-pulsingly believe her. Even though this is a book abou...

    Rating: 2.5 At the beginning of her second year of college at Sarah Lawrence, Abby Norman experienced excruciating knife-sharp abdominal pain, which eventually took her to the hospital, caused her to withdraw from university, and led to surgery to remove a ?chocolate cyst?, a ty...

    Abby Norman tells her often harrowing story with grace in Ask Me About My Uterus. She?s had to make her way through life in pain, and mostly alone. I?m in awe of her courage and fortitude! Norman spent her childhood with an absent father, and a functionally absent mother who was...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is a a searingly honest account of Abby Norman?s struggle to get a diagnosis of endometriosis. Considering it takes on average 7.5 years for women to receive that diagnosis, Norman is far from alone which is where the subtitle of the book comes in; A Quest to M...

    **In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** . . Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has o...

    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. I appreciated that she early (and more than once) noted that despite the title; women are not defined by their ownership of a u...

    There's this quote in the book about how conditions that seem to lurk unnoticed in a woman's body go unnoticed by others because, for one thing, they are an assumed part of womanhood, and, for another, women are taught to keep those pains private. This was one of the parts - among many...

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm going to be honest and say that I was expecting more from this. I thought it would be more about Norman's health struggles and fights with her doctors. Instead, the constant focus on Norman's horrif...

    Wow, I was absolutely enthralled by Abby Norman's journey. Part memoir, part history of women's pain, this book was everything I was looking for & more. Norman is a skilled researcher, in large part, because her life has greatly depended on it, but also because she's truly an acade...

    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. Both parts are interesting, but her writing really shines when she describes the raw sensations in her body as well as her ongoing...

    I wanted to like this?after all, I?m super fascinated by the politics of the female body. And while I feel for the author, this book isn?t great. The writing and structure are clunky, and the whole thing is about 100 pages too long. Norman?s writing is best when she?s summari...

    I found Abby's story very relatable, we are both Sarah Lawrence women with chronic pain who have mothers with chronic pain who grew up below the poverty line. I love that she's bringing this issue to light because it's an important one. What I felt the story lacked was that it's struct...

    My main issue with this book is that it is poorly written and/or edited. The chapters, and writing in general, are meandering and oftentimes baffling as to why certain writing choices were made. Too often, probably most of the time, the author seemed to want to introduce a story/topic ...

    Ask Me About My Uterus is an informative and well-researched read on an under-treated ailment and, maybe more importantly, on the general systemic dismissal of women's pain. The author, Abby Norman, draws from her own medical experiences to illustrate the problems that are all too ofte...

    Infuriatingly unresolved ending, but I guess that was unavoidable and also kind of the point. Really good, vindicating, tragic, anger-inducing, smart. ...

    Uterus-owners have endured pain that gets brushed off as ?hysteria? for centuries. Abby Norman?s is brushed off as ?all in her head.? She suffers endometriosis undiagnosed for years, her leg goes numb, she loses 30 pounds. When she gets to a doctor, she?s sent home with ant...

    Thank you to Nation Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have been looking forward to this book for months and am thrilled by its place in the revolution we are currently witnessing: women, especially young women, taking a stand aga...