Potty Mouth: A Woman Disabled with Multiple Sclerosis
Potty Mouth: A Woman Disabled with Multiple Sclerosis Bravely Meets Life's Challenges with Courage, Wisdom, and a Profane Sense of Humor.
Renae Clare has lived with the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis including paralysis, depression and fatigue for over 40 years. This deeply personal account, Potty Mouth, was written as a series of essays after each of her psychotherapy sessions.
Her therapist, Dr Cinzia LeValds recommended putting them all together into book form feeling that Renae's completely open and brutally honest voice would help a great many people. She has dealt with abuse, with aging, with disability, and with loss. Renae's wickedly profane sense of humor shows her optimistic spirit shining through even under the most depressing and difficult times.
This book is gut wrenchingly truthful and yet, at times it is laugh out loud funny. It was written for the purpose of healing and forgiving Renae Clare's past and as such there are many things in Potty Mouth that she had never spoken of before beginning therapy.
It is written with the thought of helping not only herself but others to find the inner strength and inner peace needed to get through the obstacles that she has come up against over time. Although she has MS her optimism shines through and she is an inspiration to everyone she meets.
Potty Mouth also includes practical guides to finding help for disabled people and how to keep and restore self-confidence and self worth. Renae Clare's book hides nothing.
I started reading the book at my desk at work. The first chapter had me in tears. I told my boss to read a few paragraphs. She agreed it was touching.
I told her, I am going to have to take this home in private and read it. I read it in two days.
I think Renae is one of the bravest people I have ever read about. I will be the first to tell you it should be a movie. Especially, with all these new folks being dx ed. The things she went through I don't think a normal person could go through much less a lady in a wheel chair. With strength and passion, she did it. Not only did she do it. Confined to a wheel chair, unable to move her left side, she did it.
This book has made me be able to endure the little trials I am facing giving my shots every other day. when I get down I think of Renae. I think how she handled her ex es, I think of how she handled herself when she was abused, I think of how she got any where she wanted to go by bus even being handicapped. I now know No Matter What life throws you you can make it work. You can not afford to not read this book...
A good book, as long as some of the language does not bother you. The title fits the vocabulary written.
Wonder what it's like to be a woman? What it's like to be a woman with Multiple Sclerosis, raising two children, entrepreneurial yet having the very body you inhabit betray you in several ways sometimes at the same time meanwhile marriages are dissolving before your very eyes?
OK, so that was a bit broad in statement scope but that is just a smidgen of the breadth of what the book entails. To have the courage to publish the relationships and trials that this book details makes Renae Clare a truly admirable woman and author! The language is just that - Potty Mouth - at times but it is at times justified, and in retrospect, understood as a coping mechanism of sorts. I highly recommend the book for a better understanding of what life with chronic autoimmune illness can be and how it may affect those persons with the disease as well as other persons in their life.
I warn you though - you and anyone who begin to read this book will engulf it within hours!!