I'm featuring a great, recent post from When Sex Hurts There is Hope. This blog started before mine, in April 2014, and it has grown so much since then: there are loads of great posts on a bunch of different topics.
I appreciate how Sarah recognizes that the effects of sexual pain are not only physical but also mental, emotional and spiritual, and therefore healing must address all four factors as well. She generously shares the lessons she has learned, validating the struggle while avoiding despair (which is probably why I am so happy with this site - that is exactly what I wish to provide to my readers as well.)
The site is well-named, hope abounds there.
The post is entitled "Being Comfortable with Your Doctor," and writes about the importance of the patient-doctor relationship when dealing with a sensitive health topic. It goes nicely with the previous two posts from this week, (Flare Update 2 and Flare Update 3,) in which I discuss my recent physical therapy and neurology appointments. The success of those sessions, and indeed any and all of my doctor appointments, is a result of the quality of the relationships between me and my health care providers.
p.s. scroll down for the complete text of ms dickinson's poem
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“Hope” is the thing with feathers - (314)
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -
I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.