After publishing our book, Keith and I were introduced to The Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota. PHS, as it is referred to, offers the only PhD in Human Sexuality in the United States and is an integral component of the University of Minnesota’s Medical School.
Among their numerous classes that focus on human sexuality, each spring the medical students participate in a three-day seminar during which they are exposed to a diverse spectrum of community members speaking about their own sexuality. Panel participants share their sexual and intimate practices, differences, and challenges, as well answer questions from students.
Keith and I have been part of these panels for more than ten years, when we were initially asked to share our story of how we overcame the hurdles of dealing with Keith’s impotence after his prostate cancer surgery. And as life would have it, our intimate story has continued to evolve through my hysterectomy, Keith’s eventual decision to get an implant, and of course, aging from our forties into our seventies, which now includes my diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment and likely future progression to dementia and possibly Alzheimer’s.
The video below is a recording of our panel presentation on June 22, 2017. Press play to watch us share our story and answer questions about our experience. Many thanks to the University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality for sharing this video.