I was diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia at the age of 22 after years of failed hormonal treatments aimed at controlling the symptoms of my highly problematic menstrual cycle. The diagnosis came as a shock during a time where I was still healing from two surgeries for endometriosis. The resulting hysterectomy and left oophorectomy a few months later marked a very distinctive change in the direction of my life and who I consider myself to be. This book containing both documentation and symbolic representation of my healing process is an artifact that was made to capture the months immediately following the surgery and to dive into the complex emotions I felt and continue to feel about my relationship to my body and expectations placed both on my sick body and my assumed gender.
Vessel was published in September 2020 by Fifth Wheel Press. Copies may be purchased here.