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Just As Much A Woman, Your Personal Guide To Hysterectomy And Beyond - SIGNED COPY

Nancy Rosenfeld and Diana W. Bolen

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ISBN 10: 0761518207 / ISBN 13: 9780761518204
Published by Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA, 1999
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Just As Much A Woman, Your Personal Guide To...

Publisher: Prima Publishing, Rocklin, CA

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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Synopsis:

Every year, hundreds of thousands of women just like you make the critical decision to undergo a hysterectomy. This procedure will take them through a wide range of emotions—from dread and dismay to freedom and joy. With humor and honesty, former hysterectomy patient Nancy Rosenfeld and psychotherapist Dianna Bolen candidly answer the questions every woman wants to ask, including:

· Will I go immediately into menopause?
· How will it affect my sex life?
· What are the risks of taking estrogen?
· Will I look and feel older?
· How long does it take to recover?
If you or someone you love is a candidate for hysterectomy—or have already had one—this positive, reassuring guide will provide a deeper understanding of the experience. You'll learn, as the authors have, that hysterectomy is not an end, but rather a passage to a new beginning.

"This book answered the questions I was afraid to ask. They dissipated the fear, both short-term and long-term, about everything from pain to social attitudes to sex life."—Sandra Edwards, former hysterectomy patient
"An ideal reference book for the concerned patient."—Joachim Frank, M.D.
"An informative, woman-friendly book about an emotionally laden subject. It is written with sensitivity and empowers women by outlining choices and consequences. Must-reading for women anticipating hysterectomy"—Ada P. Kahn, Ph.D.
"A well-rounded guide to the entire hysterectomy process."—Heather Krantz, M.D.

About the Authors

Nancy Rosenfeld, a former hysterectomy patient, is also the author of Unfinished Journey, which details her fight to free a Soviet political prisoner. She and her husband, Martin, reside in a Chicago suburb and have two grown sons.

Dianna W. Bolen, Psy.D., a psychotherapist who works as a consultant to hospitals, has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines on personal growth, spirituality, and sexuality. She lives in Chicago with her dog, Maxwell, and two cats.

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Next to cesarean sections, hysterectomies are the most common surgical procedure in the United States today, with about 590,000 of them performed annually. A hysterectomy is frightening to contemplate not only because it's considered a major surgical procedure, but also because of the life changes that may follow: "instant" menopause, weight gain, the need for hormone replacement therapy, depression over the loss of femaleness, and the realization of one's mortality. Other adjustments that are overlooked in many books on the topic but covered in depth here are the difficulties with sex and relationships. Just As Much a Woman tackles all these topics frankly, with a refreshing sense of humor, from the perspective of a woman who had a less than ideal experience when she had her hysterectomy and who would like to prevent others from that agony.

Authors Dianna Bolen and Nancy Rosenfeld stress that the first things to consider when faced with the recommendation of hysterectomy are to get a second opinion and to educate yourself on all the treatment options. Rosenfeld balked at the immediate surgery her doctor recommended ("I can't... we have friends in town from out of the country") but was shocked to learn from the second opinion that her uterine fibroid was more likely to be malignant than not.

She offers 16 questions to ask your doctor before surgery (including the potentially embarrassing "What will fill up the space once the tumor and female organs have been removed?") and her doctor's responses to them. She also offers sage advice on how to prepare both your body and mind for the surgery; how to choose among the different types of anesthesia; five reasons to lobby for a private room if you can afford it; and how to speed recuperation both in the hospital and at home. Profiles of 12 other hysterectomy patients (ages 27 to 65) reveal that there is widespread, unnecessary suffering by women both before and after hysterectomies--much of which could be avoided with the information contained in this book.

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