Across the globe, about one in 10 women have endometriosis. It’s a painful, chronic disease that can be difficult to treat.
Maine writer Abby Norman was first diagnosed with it seven years ago, but she says the disease was never really explained to her, and as it’s progressed she’s struggled to convince doctors that the pain she feels is real. Norman says it’s a problem for women that has a long history in medicine, and she’s written a book about her experience, Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain.
Norman spoke with Maine Public reporter Patty Wight about her book, her health journey and more.