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Tender Points, Amy Berkowitz

Date: May 30, 2017 Category: ,

Tender Points tells the story of my chronic pain and the rape that preceded it in the only way trauma can be told: in pieces, fragments, flashes of light, recollections, quotes from Kathleen Hanna, and memories of doctors’ offices, torn apart and torn out of time. I wrote Tender Points to explore the connections between pain and trauma. I wrote it to feel less alone. I wrote it to call out all the bad doctors. I wrote it to remind us that hysteria was only removed from the DSM in 1980. I wrote it because as a fibromyalgia patient and a rape survivor, I am doubly disqualified as a reliable narrator of my own experience, and that is a challenge I can’t resist. —Amy