Having been raised a strict Catholic in a traditional Italian-American family, I was taught to regard the physical aspect of sex as degrading, yet something men needed and necessary for procreation. However, if a woman enjoyed it, she was either abnormal or disgusting. Consequently, after marrying a virile and healthy young man who frequently desired his wife to express herself more in the sexual arena, I suffered occasional periods of anxiety and depression, being hospitalized twice. I would eventually slip out of my depression, each time having conquered some aspect of my sexual repression, but the real breakthrough came while completing a novel I had been working on for many years. My symptoms were so awful and my situation seemed so hopeless that this time I remained on an antidepressant for two years after a frustrating search to find one that helped make my life somewhat bearable. Although my book “Governey” was originally intended to be a political satire, it ultimately served as a vehicle for facing my fears, thereby coaxing me to work out remaining issues with my therapist. Consequently, today I am not only free from medication, but also an accomplished author! Presently, I am still happily married to my husband Bill, celebrating 40 years of marriage last May. We have four children, all married, eight grandchildren and another on the way. The struggle toward sanity is a difficult one but one that can be overcome with persistence support, and faith that God will provide and has a divine plan for every situation.
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