I purchased this book a few weeks ago, as I have been having some serious problems with intimacy due to my pain-riddled body. As it is such a taboo topic, I thought maybe a book would explain the situation more clearly, and perhaps give me some suggestions on how to feel remotely attractive (as chronic illness does not equal sexy feelings!).
The book is excellent for breaking down myths about sexuality and those who have disabilities and chronic illness. It teaches you that just because you don't have the same interpretations and sensations as before, doesn't mean that there aren't still places on your body that will respond favorably to touch.
As someone who used to work at an "adult" store, I didn't need much help in learning about the wide variety of toys that can be used. However, for those without that background knowledge, I think it could be a very helpful set of suggestions!
My favorite part of the book were the exercises at the end of each chapter. They really provoke you to dig deep into your mind in order to determine what you like, what you are willing to try, and how you truly feel about yourself.
I haven't finished all of the exercises yet, but I can't wait as I'm learning so much about myself!
If you have a chronic illness or disability, and have difficulties making intimacy enjoyable - I highly recommend the purchase of this book.
These are a few of the stories that I have experienced lately!
A neat little film about an uptight woman (Parker Posey), who drowns her sorrows in drugs and alcohol while dating people who are terrible for her. An encounter with a French visitor challenges her every belief, as his way of living is vastly more relaxed. Romance ensues :).
Water For Elephants:
I could just picture Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson in these roles - can't wait for the movie! The book reads like a film, and is such a page-turner that one can't let go. Gruen manages to bring the circus to life in a way I have never before seen!
A series of Hollywood moments and disappointments. I only watched it for Naomi Watts. Decent, but wouldn't fall into my watch again category of films.
The Full Monty:
I LOVED this movie! I had a grin on my face the whole time it played. This movie brought British working class culture to light, making you care about these men and their ambition to make money from stripping bare naked. I highly recommend.
What have you seen/read/heard lately that you have liked? Share, share!
So numerous times over the last year, I have found myself to have a swollen face.
Now, I had chronic urticaria and angiodema for a long time, and it affected the entirety of my body. Within the last few years though, the only time any swelling shows is on my face, and it isn't raised and bumped like swelling of the past. The cheeks are the most swollen areas and feel like a bad sunburn. It doesn't react to Benadryl, that's for sure! It lasted about 18 hours.
A few days later, I brought my doctor a picture of my rash taken later in the day when it had gotten more pronounced.
He said it looked like the malar rash, and to try to get in to his hospital on a day it is there so he can arrange a skin biopsy. He also was going to run another ANA, but I'm sure he won't find anything. It will be some random thing my body concocts for fun.
The endocrinologist also posed the idea of shutting off my ovaries entirely in favor of hormone replacements for the next forever...
Taking my time to think that one over. These are the joys of spending more time with the healthcare system than with friends and family.
A fiction book involving a person with ME/CFS written by Maija Haavisto - currently only in Finnish but we need to get it published in ENGLISH!!! I can't wait to have the opportunity to read it! http://www.ilmestykset.net/in-english/