This week, longtime TV news host Joan Lunden released her latest book — aptly named “Why Did I Come In This Room?” — about all of the uncomfortable subjects about aging that people, especially women, are often too ashamed to discuss openly.
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“We start feeling all these aging effects, whether it’s an expanding waist line, a foggy memory, a weak pelvic floor, sex becomes not as comfortable and even painful,” Lunden tells SurvivorNet about her decision to write the book. “You’re thinking to yourself, ‘Wow, this is only happening to me and it’s kind of embarrassing, so I’m not talking to anybody about it.'” Lunden wants to change that mode of thinking. “I wanted to open the discussion … make it OK to talk about how our bodies function, how they change throughout the decades,” she says. Lunden, a breast cancer survivor, says she made a lot of healthy lifestyle changes after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. And the experience was something of an inspiration to her to try and get other women talking about other health issues.
“I needed to throw it all out there, no holds barred. This is all the stuff that happens to us, and these are some of the things you can do about it,” Lunden says.
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