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Renae Clare has lived with the devastating disease, multiple sclerosis, including paralysis, depression and fatigue for over 40 years.
Renae's wickedly profane sense of humor shows her triumphant spirit rising above even the most depressing and difficult of times. Potty Mouth is gut wrenching, truthful and at times laugh out loud funny. It was written for the purpose of forgiving and healing Renae Clare's past and as such there are many things In Potty Mouth that she had never spoken of before beginning therapy. This inspiring book was written with the thought of helping not only herself but others to find the inner strength and inner peace necessary to get through the many obstacles she has come up against in her life.
Potty Mouth is a deeply personal account and was written as a series of essays after each of her psychotherapy sessions. Her therapist, Dr. Cinzia LeValds recommended putting the writings all together into book form feeling that Renae's completely open and honest voice would help a great many people. Renae has dealt with abuse, with loss, with aging and her disability with multiple sclerosis and through it all her optomistic spirit shines through and she is an inspiration to everyone she meets.
Potty Mouth includes practical guides to finding help for disabled people and how to restore and keep self confidence and self worth.
Renae Clare's book hides nothing.
Renae Clare has had multiple sclerosis for 40 years she now lives her life in a wheelchair. Yet she is optimistic about the future and focuses on the things that she is able to do and not on the things that the disease has taken away. Renae's mission in life is to be of help to as many people as she is able. Renae Clare now lives with her daughter in Carrollton Texas and has a son who lives in Houston, Texas.
Having grown up on a farm in North Dakota and then moving to New York City and living there for 37 years has given Renae an unusual perspective on the world. She went to the University of North Dakota majoring in psychology and has had a myriad of jobs along the way including working in a flea market and part ownership in an antique shop in downtown Manhattan. Renae Clare is a writer and Potty Mouth is her first book.
Since going to therapy I have gone from a deep depression and thoughts of suicide into a place of joy. And that is the message that I want to convey. That anyone can bounce back from a place of darkness to living in the light and finding meaning in the life we lead.
I started going to psychotherapy because I needed help dealing with multiple sclerosis. I had become very depressed with the loss of even more of my powers. I had become wheelchair bound and as much as I tried I couldn't get over it.
Even though my writings were sometimes quite profane, my therapist urged me to keep on writing and that is what saved me. I changed so much that I was actually able to write and publish a book using those writings from various pieces of paper. For me that is a miracle that I could never have imagined. And that is what I hope for you. That my book will help you to find the miracles and joy in your life.
Thank you for your interest in Potty Mouth.
...it is extremely rare to come across a book that is both flawless in its execution, and also riveting to the point of being crazy addicting – and this is exactly how I thought “Potty Mouth…” by Renae Clare was...Recommend to everyone. (5 stars) -- Cale Owens; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
I think Renae is one of the bravest people I have ever read about. I will be the first to tell you it should be a movie. Especially, with all these new folks being dx ed. The things she went through I dont think a normal person could go through much less a lady in a wheel chair. With strength and passion, she did it. Not only did she do it. Confined to a wheel chair, unable to move her left side, she did it.... I now know No Matter What life throws you you can make it work. You can not afford to not read this book. -- Lori Kiker, Phenix City, AL 5 stars..Amazon.com
I am so blown away by this book and its AMAZING author, Renae Clare! Wow, I had no idea that I was going to be this impressed and invested in a book about a stranger’s life. But by the end of the first chapter I felt like Ms. Clare and I were best friends and her journey was mine. It is really hard to sum up this incredible book in a short paragraph, just that it is wickedly funny, sad, truthful, and deeply profound. I applaud Ms. Clare for sharing her wonderful story with us and will shout from the rooftops that others MUST read this book now!!! (5 stars). -- BookPrincess Sophia; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
Such an unexpected treasure! Part of me feels bad for loving it so much when so much of the book was about these crazy, unbelievable, horrible experiences she went through... I was chuckling and shaking my head at so many parts, and couldn’t wait to see what would come out of the authors mouth (hands) next. I Thank Renae Clare SO much for writing this book and I hope she writes more!... (5 stars!) -- Jenna Brewster; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
...Brutally honest, funny, unbelievable (yet believable). Author Renae Clare shares her struggles with MS, a disease that I admit I’ve never given much thought to... It’s an eye-opening experience that I remember scared and depressed me... [Ms. Clare] [is] an amazing woman who wrote a great book that I highly recommend to everyone! No she’s not a famous celebrity, just a regular gal like us.... Buy it. Read it. Love it. (5 stars). -- Karen “ReaderGurrl” Matthews; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
...I was thinking, we all have problems…do I really want to read about someone elses? Well, not even 2 chapters in I was totally hooked and continually impressed, shocked, and intrigued by the vignettes Renae Clare shared. Some parts were downright heartbreaking…others hysterical and I found myself saying, OMG, WTF more times than I can count. One of the best nonfiction books I’ve ever read. Highly, highly recommend!! (5 stars).-- Stacy Decker; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
...I was completely sucked in from the first page to the last and was sad when it was over. I felt like I could have kept reading for another hundred pages easy!!... Definitely recommend to just about anyone who enjoys a good story, but perhaps its best suited for adults as there is a lot of foul language... (5 stars). Claire Middleton; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
This book was fantastic! A real page turner... This is a book that I won’t soon forget, and I hope to read more from this author in the future. (5 stars). Anabella Johnson; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
...It’s sad what we can take for granted until someone reminds us that it could be worse. My heart absolutely broke for Ms. Clare when she told of her problems with the home health care workers, and my blood boiled when the teenage girls mugged her.... I loved how “real” this book felt, and I want to give the author a ((((((hug))))) and tell her she has a new friend and fan in me. I can’t recommend this book highly enough! (5 stars). --- Darla Ortiz; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
...I was very impressed with this book and would strongly recommend it to others with no hesitation. (4 stars). --- Carla Biggins; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
...There were so many things the author writes about that we can ALL relate to, MS or not. Like not being a victim, standing up for one self, coming to terms with the past, forgiveness, optimism... I can’t even imagine how tough things must get for Renae Clare at times, yet she is still kicking with a big ol’ smile on her face. She rocks!! (5 stars). --- Samantha Ryan; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
... It’s like, the hits just keep on coming! They say truth is stranger than fiction, and some of the things she’s [Renae Clare] gone through take the cake! But the way she tells about it is so charming, so down to earth and relatable…and funny! I was surprised at how many times I actually laughed out loud while reading this, or found myself with a grin. Quite an interesting mix of emotions, but this book is a rollercoaster ride, and a terrific one at that! (5 stars). --- J.T. Thomas; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was that it ended!... Ms. Clare could be a role model to us all. She isn’t perfect, nor does she claim to be. And that is what makes her and her story so amazing! (5 stars). --- Kaylee Stevens; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
...This is one of those books that could have easily been twice as long and I still would have devoured every page and never been bored. Perhaps she’ll write another one. Recommend to fans of nonfiction and even general fiction (some parts read like it!) (4 stars). --- April Dawn; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
I read this book in one sitting. I could NOT put it down. I cannot believe some of the crazy things that Ms. Clare writes about, and the crazy people she’s had to deal with!... The short chapters kept me turning the pages on my kindle as fast as I could (and the chapter titles are hilarious!) And some of the characters…Dr. Ick, the taxi driver…my God, this woman can tell a good story!... A MUST read! (5 stars). --- Steph Coleman; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari
A remarkable and thoroughly moving book that provides a window onto the difficult world of someone living with multiple sclerosis. The book is written very much from the heart, with a great deal of love and affection, but is also free of self-pity in its straightforward narrative. It’s remarkable that the narrative can be so free of self-pity considering the tribulations Ms. Clare has faced. It’s a completely absorbing and fascinating book, highly recommended. (4 stars). --- Mark Williams; Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Librarything, Shelfari