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Potty Mouth - A Guest Blog

Posted September 19, 2012

Another fabulous blog post from our friend, Caroline, who discusses a book that she read about a woman’s struggle with MS, and gives us a little review about the book! The book sounds wonderful, informative, and humorous, we are always looking for a good read!

Since my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis over 6 years ago, I have read many books about the disease. My favorite type of MS book to read are autobiographies. When I didn’t know anyone with MS, I found these books comforting, hearing someone tell me their story.

I learned about the book Potty Mouth by Renae Clare on Facebook. I just finished it and really enjoyed it. This book talks about the struggles Renae has had throughout her life and her 40 years since diagnosis. Renae is honest about the struggles she has had and doesn’t sugarcoat anything. The book is called Potty Mouth because Renae herself has a bit of a potty mouth, but c’mon… hasn’t MS made you want to say a few profanities now and again?! Renae has a theme of humor throughout the book and comes up with some pretty amusing chapter titles. Here are a few for your enjoyment:

“Hospital Beds and Catheters and Wheelchairs… Oh My!”

“My Mother Was Not a Dustpan”

“Koo Koo for Coupons”

Renae started the book by suggestion of her psychotherapist, Dr. Cinzia Levalds. She wrote essays after each session and then compiled them into the book. Throughout the book you see Renae coming to terms with lifelong difficulties and her moving past them. Renae’s ex-husband, whom she calls F***wad verbally abused her throughout their marriage and left her for another woman. That is difficult enough to deal with, but throw MS into the mix and you’ve got some hard times for sure.

The book also gives helpful tips. Renae is now in a wheelchair and needs assistance. She had some rough times with hired help and tells us to upfront set boundaries (she learned the hard way) and questions we should ask the person coming into our home. She also tells us the benefits of Life Alert. Ya know.. “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up?” Well, for those times you really can’t get up, it truly is a lifesaver.

I found this book refreshing in the way that the book is completely honest and Renae is inspiring. No matter what crap life throws at you, it is always possible to come out on top. It’s definitely not easy, but possible!

Find Renae’s Facebook Page for Potty Mouth here, or check out
her website here.


  • Wow! Thank you so much Caroline for your wonderful review of my book! I can't even tell you how honored I am. I literally have tears in my eyes because you really got it. I have mentioned before in my blog and in my posts that I am giving 10% of book proceeds to the National MS Society. I want to leave a legacy of someone who helped find a cure for this god-awful beast. Again, thank you so much for the past on the back and thank you for all you do in our cause to end this blight on mankind. With love, Renae Clare

    Renae Clare said (9 years, 8 months ago)
  • Thank YOU Renae! :)
    You are an inspiration!!

    Caroline Kyriakou said (9 years, 8 months ago)
  • I'd have to go along with with you one this subject. Which is not something I usually do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to speak my mind!

    Evelyn Jeanne Shaw said (9 years, 7 months ago)

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