n this courageous memoir, J. Cole shares her journey of hope and healing after a 13-year struggle with sexual dysfunction. As she describes in the preface: “This story is real; it is raw. I did not hold anything back. I want readers to know their physical, mental, and emotional struggles do not mean they are in some way broken. Every single person alive is struggling somehow, somewhere.”
As she shares her journey of navigating not only through physical pain, but also through the emotional and spiritual pain that followed, Cole includes educational tools and tips to give the reader a better understanding of the once taboo topic of female sexual dysfunction.
“Thorns and Roses is not only an inspiration, but a resource. It is important that women with sexual pain can relate to others, but it is even more important that they have hope. In this case the hope is provided by Cole in the form of resources.” Irwin Goldstein, M.D., Director, San Diego Sexual Medicine.
Throughout the book, Cole encourages women who are suffering from sexual pain to seek help. To know that pain is not normal – it is a sign of dysfunction. Finally, she encourages readers to use Thorns and Roses as a guide to navigate their own journey.
About the author:
J. Cole is a passionate advocate for women’s health, actively serving as a support leader for the National Vulvodynia Association. In 2016, she organized the Tulsa Women’s Health Alliance – a group of healthcare providers in and around Tulsa, Oklahoma, who strive to educate, support, and empower women with pelvic pain. Cole lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their children.