I had the pleasure of reading a powerful book of poems dedicated to the battle of a virtually invisible disease known as endometriosis. This disease attacks at random and with a vengeance and my heart goes out to those affected by it. As someone who also battles an invisible disease, I can relate to the author’s words on a personal level. This book is called Life Interrupted by D. L. Heather.
This book was powerful. The poetry it contained was raw, emotional, and filled with a truth that a lot of women face. The silent suffering caused by endometriosis is real. And while I am not a diagnosed victim of this particular disease, I do share a similar one that often comes with endometriosis known as hidradenitis suppurativa or HS for short.
Little is known about these diseases and why they wreak havoc on the body. In most cases, they go undiagnosed due to lack of knowledge or the disbelief of a woman’s pain. Perhaps, it’s some misguided complement of our perceived strength. The author did an amazing job with the description and imagery of this “monster.” They didn’t hold back the intensity of pain, sadness, anger, and resentment towards our bodies for betraying us – because that’s what it is: a betrayal.
The flow was smooth and connected well with each page. I also enjoyed the chaotic placement of words to show the burden of never knowing what kind of day it’ll be for you. Of never knowing if you can complete simple, everyday tasks, or if you’ll be confined to your bed in a dark room. I appreciate this piece of art by the author and for having the courage to say what a lot of women are thinking every day.
This was a treasure to read and knowing that part of the proceeds go towards research made it that much more enjoyable for me. Check it out for yourself and don’t forget to leave the author a review! Happy reading!