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It's A Sistah Thing: A Guide to Understanding and Dealing With Fibroids for Black Women Paperback – August 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075820065X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758200655
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,464,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Even though this book deals with a common ailment (fibroids), it is unique because it specifically addresses African American women, who suffer from this condition three to nine times more often than women of other races. Written by an African American sufferer, this well-researched work pulls together an enormous amount of information on conventional and alternative therapies that will be useful to its readers. There are also checklists, questions to ask medical professionals, and exercises that solidify the information provided. The writing style intends to be friendly and welcoming, but at times it becomes too familiar and distracts the reader from the content of the book. Nonetheless, Brown's guide is informative, as it includes both a glossary and additional resources. While there are other titles on this topic (e.g., Johanna Skilling's Fibroids), this book will be especially suitable to patient education libraries or consumer health collections in public libraries that serve a large African American clientele.
Nicole A. Cooke, Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Lib., Newark
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I really took this book seriously.
Chickmonk
Ms. Brown does a wonderful job of using her struggle with fibroids to teach and reasure others who are dealing with this health issue.
Tammi S. Long
The book is well written and easy to understand.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
I found Monique Brown's book more informative than any I read of its kind. So much so, I recommended it to a number of women and even purchased it as a gift for some of my friends.
Many of them wished they would have known about the book prior to undergoing a hysterectomy or a myomectomy.
I found the case studies inspiring and the resources quite helpful for my research. The diagrams were awesome as they helped me to picture what fibroids actually look like in and on the uterus. Furthermore, the natural healing information has been extremely helpful in providing alternatives to surgery. Overall, I especially liked that it was an easy warm read and not cold and clinical.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
First, let me say that, "It's A Sistah Thing," by Monique R. Brown, is one well written and well researched book on fibroids. Ms. Brown's credits include: senior editor of Black Enterprise Magazine, an adjunct professor at Long Island University, and President and Founder of Professional Women of Color.
The author, Monique Brown, had fibroids and has herself faced the horrible specter of hysterectomy. She was one of the lucky ones and got a myomectomy. She reports that her myomectomy improved her sex life.
The main thrust of the book is to advance alternative approaches to fibroids; however, she does take the op to sound many important alarms. She is delicately raising the hysterectomy/race connection. She notes UAE is new with few studies done and then adds Dr. Scott Goodwin's remark, pg. 203, "If you embolize and block the blood supply to the nerves going into the uterus, those nerves may very well be damaged. And if you were feeling something in your uterus that was pleasurable, you may no longer feel that after embolization."
And Monique is pretty straightforward about hysterectomy and sex. On page 204 she quotes Herbert A. Goldfarb as saying that 40% of women indicate a reduced sexual response after a hysterectomy and then goes on to briefly explain why. But what made me buy the book?
One short sentence found on pg. 201, "There's also a theory that the vagus nerve, a nerve that shoots from the cervix to the brain stem, is a pathway for orgasmic sensations." Readers, that is not common knowledge. Ms. Brown has done her homework.
Let her share what she has learned with you!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tammi S. Long on August 25, 2002
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Ms. Brown does a wonderful job of using her struggle with fibroids to teach and reasure others who are dealing with this health issue. She has really done her research and provided a wealth of data regarding traditional medical and natural wholistic approaches to coping with fibroids. Ms. Brown's book is upbeat, not merely clinical and it is extremely easy to read. The personal examples from other fibroid suffers helps the reader to understand that this problem is all too common and that there are others out there dealing with the same issue. I highly recommend this guide.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Azubuike-pperry on March 22, 2003
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This book is WONDERFUL. It is easy to read and the humor is great too! It gives you more information then you can image. It prepares you with questions to ask your doctor; what foods to avoid, how to share what you are going through with your mate and much, much more. More importantly, she praises God! A book to have in your library. An EXCELLENT Reference tool. I have recommended this book to four women within the last two months and told at least twenty or so about it. Ladies, we must not keep this to ourselves... SHARE it with others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2003
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the best book on the market for women of color who suffer from fibroids.when i was thinking of surgery monique's book helped me make the final choice.I am so glad I bought it.I will recommend it to all those who are going through the same thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlene on September 25, 2002
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This book is informative, easy to understand and read. It is for anyone who has ever suffered from fibroids or any illness. The guides and outlines are wonderful. It has a wealth of information. Ms. Brown's experience is well documented, courageous and funny. A must read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Carter on October 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a must have for women who suffer from fibroids. The book is well written and easy to understand. Monique Brown also gives a great deal of reference information that can be used in conjunction with her book.
Definitely get this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ajuba Gaylord on January 10, 2007
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I brought this item as a gift for someone who was dealing with fibroids. Prior to ordering the book on line, I had the pleasure to review the book as well. It is an excellent and informative book, which is well written. I recommend this book for any women who is dealing with fibroids.

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