In his stunningly honest and poignant memoir, Frank Spinelli recounts a childhood marked by trauma and of finding the courage that ultimately transformed his life…
Frank Spinelli grew up on Staten Island in the 1970s to Italian-born parents who viewed cops and priests as second only to the Pope in infallibility. His mother, concerned that her son was being bullied at school for being “different,” signed Frank up for Boy Scouts when he turned eleven. For the next two years, Frank’s life had two realities—one lived in full view of his family, and the other a secret he shared with his Scoutmaster that he couldn’t confess to anybody.
Eventually Frank went to college, established a thriving medical practice, and found a home in Manhattan. But the emotional and physical effects of his past continued to shadow every aspect of his life. Then a shocking discovery gave Frank the opportunity to overturn thirty years of confusion and self-blame—for himself, and for other boys like him.
Pee-Shy is a remarkable story of overcoming the unimaginable to choose resilience over darkness, and love over loss.
“A devastatingly heartbreaking look at life after childhood abuse, with wit and piercing insight that can only come from a place of brutal honesty.” —Josh Kilmer-Purcell
“This is a memoir about a grown-up boy’s generous—and healing—heart.”—Kevin Sessums
“This is one of those horrific, true stories that Dr. Spinelli so courageously reveals. With raw honesty he makes us understand that monsters do exist and a child's innocence is precious. His story is one of too many, but maybe, this one will help open our eyes a little more and shine a light on a taboo subject that many chose not to see or believe.” —Whoopi Goldberg
Focusing on prevention, lifestyle modification, and healthcare, Dr. Frank Spinelli has channeled his years of experience and research in order to create a comprehensive medical guide for gay men. Covering topics ranging from immunization, physical exams, depression, substance abuse, and andropause, New York City’s “hottest gay doctor” has compiled his knowledge into an invaluable guide specifically created for gay men.
Frank Spinelli, M.D., is a board certified internist in private practice in New York City in addition to serving as clinical director of HIV at Cabrini Medical Center. Dr. Spinelli has made frequent television appearances and is the gay health expert on Radio with a Twist, a national talk show. Dr. Spinelli currently lives in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.