Book Review: Beyond Embarrassment

I was asked to review this book by JoAnne Lake, published in 2106, and was happy to do so as it addresses a little known and serious health problem. The book is no doubt one of the best resources available to anyone struggling with the condition of Neurogenic Bladder (NB). It’s an interesting and very informative read, covering the causes of NB and the author’s own medical history and struggles. A large portion of the 247 pages of text is devoted to coping strategies – physical, emotional and spiritual.

I believe anyone who needs information on this difficult medical condition and/or encouragement in dealing with neurogenic bladder will find a wealth of both within the pages of Beyond Embarrassment. I highly recommend it for health professionals as well as those whose lives are challenged with this nerve/bladder dysfunction.

I learned a great deal from reading the book and gained understanding of the struggles that persons who suffer with this condition endure as well as the hazards of certain procedures. The vaginal hysterectomy in particular appears to be one of the leading causal factors.

The question and answer sections which are primarily composed of letters JoAnne received from readers of her blog detailing their personal stories are enlightening. Additionally, the detailed appendices are valuable additions to JoAnne’s very human and engaging book.

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