Back, Sack & Crack (& Brain)
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A story that brings tears to your eyes, in more ways than one. It touches you so much you, it makes you want to cross your legs in sympathy - Nev Fountain, writer at Dead Ringers, author of Painkiller
Rob Wells has spent much of his adult life coping with the chronic pain of different kinds - an embarrassing bowel problem in his early 20s, recurring testicular pain in his late 20s and 30s, and back problems requiring spinal surgery in his early 40s. Consistent through these experiences has been a feeling of being passed from pillar to post by the medical community, seemingly at a loss to explain the cause of these issues, or to find a lasting solution for them.
This hilarious and brutally frank graphic memoir tells Rob's story, taking us through emergency surgery for a misdiagnosed twisted testicle, the extremes of weight loss and weight gain, the insides of far too many public toilets, and having to resort to walking with a cane. As Rob's back, sack and crack all became causes for concern so too did his brain, as his recurring problems unsurprisingly left him with depression and agoraphobia.
This is the warm and witty story of a man's battle with his own body, and with the medical industry that couldn't quite appreciate the problem. For anyone who has ever felt let down by their doctors, or who has suffered from chronic pain that shows no sign of subsiding, Rob Wells bravely invites you to really get to grips with his balls.