Pamela Garvey

Pamela GarveyLiving with interstitial cystitis, a chronic, incurable bladder disease, Pamela Garvey has begun speaking out about this often embarrassing, life-changing disease. An author of two chapbooks of poetry, Fear (semi-finalist for the New Women’s Voices Competition) and Things Impossible to Swallow, Pamela Garvey has published poems, short stories, articles and book reviews in numerous magazines and literary journals throughout the United States. She is a Full Professor of English at St. Louis Community College-Meramec and co-founder of Words on Purpose (a committee of socially concerned writers). The Disease that Begins with I narrates her experience of self-advocacy and coping with interstitial cystitis as well as how that diagnosis coincided with her struggles parenting a violent child.