Vulvodynia: A Real Pain in the Vagina
By Jessie Carr
In my 18 years of battling various chronic illnesses, with all the terrible symptoms and the terrible doctors and the even more terrible social and emotional challenges of being a “sick” person, nothing has been so debilitating as my ongoing war with
In the early days of my diagnosis, when I turned to the Internet for information and a glimmer of hope (as I am sure you, Dear Reader, are also doing), a sentence like that would have moved me to yet another round of tears. But I will not mince words.
I owe that to my fellow sufferers who live in a world where the utterance of the word “vagina” is often met with snickers or blushing or disgust, when of course the vagina is just another body part—an important one at that—and sometimes it gets sick, too.
underline the gravity of this condition
and to validate your suffering.
But I will follow it up with an equally important proclamation: this condition is manageable, and you will be able to enjoy your life again one day. I won’t lie: it may not be easy. But it will happen.
So, altogether now, let’s do this.
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