Linda Gromko, MD
Press Release

For immediate release

Monday, November 2, 2015

Where’s MY Book? A Guide for Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Youth, Their Parents, & Everyone Else on sale this November

Youth and families wrestling with transgender issues need specialized information. Board certified family physician Linda Gromko MD has written a ground-breaking work: Where’s MY Book? A Guide for Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Youth, Their Parents, & Everyone Else. Never before has a book provided such specific anatomical and psychological information for this population. Where’s MY Book? will be available on as a paperback and e-book this November (ISBN-10 0982514379 and ISBN-13 978-0-09825143-7-5).

With 18 years of experience working with transgender clients of all ages, Gromko says, “Going through puberty is rugged, but it’s especially difficult if you discover you’re going through the wrong puberty. My book is built from hundreds of patients’ experiences, with the intention of helping gender non-conforming kids grow up happy, productive, loving, and loved. I appreciate that parents, friends, teachers, and health care providers need resources as well. And for adults who’ve already completed a gender transition, I like to think of this as ‘the puberty book you never had!’”

Dr. Gromko sites the disproportionately high rates of suicides and depression among trans youth. “Nearly half of all trans youth between ages 18 and 24 have attempted suicide. We can do better for our kids,” she says.

Where’s MY Book? is richly enhanced by the colorful and whimsical paintings of Seattle artist Jacqui Beck ( Beck, who has a transgender son, presented her “Gender Personal” exhibit in 2014.

Interspersed with Beck’s paintings, readers will find anatomical illustrations. Gromko says, “It’s an honest work. I rated the book ‘R for Realistic.'”

Dr. Gromko is a 1984 graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed her Family Practice Residency there as well. She started her own practice, Queen Anne Medical Associates, PLLC, in 1989. Dr. Gromko is a frequent speaker in two areas: transgender medicine, and kidney disease and home dialysis. “After my husband’s death of diabetic kidney failure, I found writing and speaking to be therapeutic – but also helpful to others.”

After years of working with trans patients and their families, Gromko has produced a book packed with wisdom, practical information, and firsthand accounts of day-to-day survival. Gromko covers the basics of gender identity, sexual orientation, puberty blockers, hormone treatments, and gender affirming surgeries, and also explores the difficulties of coming out, going through school, coping with depression, and forming relationships.

Those interested can learn more about Gromko, her work, and her upcoming book by visiting


For author appearances and interviews, contact Bill Kaczaraba, Chief Publicist, 206.795.4676 or


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Press Release for Let me Go When the Banter Stops:

Seattle doctor recounts husband’s battle with kidney failure

“Let Me Go When the Banter Stops: A Doctor’s Fight for the Love of Her Life” is Dr. Linda Gromko’s true and moving story of her husband’s fight against kidney failure.

May 23, 2012

SEATTLE – In “Let Me Go When the Banter Stops: A Doctor’s Fight for the Love of Her Life” (ISBN 1470118181), Dr. Linda Gromko writes a true love story that is serious and humorous as she recounts her husband’s struggle with end stage kidney failure. The doctor reviews the joyful early years of her marriage to Steve Williams, a self-made Seattle business executive who she describes as “gifted at banter, irreverently funny and loyal as a beagle.” Beyond this, she recounts her early relationship with Steve’s 9-year-old daughter Brita, who stared the doctor down with the admonition, “I hate every centimeter of you – get used to it!”

Steve was known to have chronic diabetes and hypertension for years. But when he falls abruptly into end stage renal failure, the couple learns to perform dialysis at home and contemplates the stark reality of the only treatment that could nearly cure him: a kidney transplant. Temporary luck arrives in the form of Steve’s niece Teresa who offers to donate a kidney. Yet the surgery is complicated by a heart attack, and the donated kidney is ultimately removed. Steve’s journey through the university medical center is layered with his wife’s insider reflections on the very same hospital where she trained as a nurse then later as a physician. Dr. Gromko observes a broad variation in health care personnel with respect to their interpersonal skills and apparent motivation, providing her greater insight into her own profession.

By the time Steve leaves the hospital, he has completed three major surgeries and survived three heart attacks. He returns home facing major rehabilitation and ongoing dialysis. Steve endures further cardiac complications and more surgeries before succumbing to his illness. Through all his suffering, medical trials and personal anguish, his wife Linda was at his side. But instead of playing the role of the “supportive spouse,” as recommended by one nephrologist, Linda becomes a full-on medical advocate.

“Let Me Go When the Banter Stops” is a memoir profoundly moving in its recreation of a marriage’s tender dynamics. While its ending is ultimately sad, it lays the foundation for a triumphant beginning as Linda and her new daughter find fresh footing and the courage to prevail.

 A nurse before becoming a physician, Dr. Gromko has dedicated the book to the ICU/CCU nurses at Seattle’s University Hospital and Swedish Medical Center, and the nurses at the Northwest Kidney Centers.

“Let Me Go When the Banter Stops: A Doctor’s Fight for the Love of Her Life” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author:

A board-certified family physician, Linda Gromko, MD, founded Seattle’s Queen Anne Medical Associates, PLLC, one of the city’s few independent medical practices. She worked as a nurse and nurse practitioner before entering medical school as the mother of a 4-year-old son. She worked as an emergency room physician before founding her own practice. She authored “Complications: A Doctor’s Love Story” and co-authored “Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home” with Jane C. McClure.



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Press Release for Complications: A Doctor's Love Story




August 1, 2009


Seattle Physician Releases "Complications: A Doctor's Love Story"


Seattle, WASeattle physician Linda Gromko, MD today announced the release of her memoir "Complications: A Doctor's Love Story" at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. A debut work, Dr. Gromko's memoir is listed as Nonfiction in the subcategories of Relationships and Health, and is identified as one of the few works dealing with rigors of kidney failure and dialysis (ISBN 0982514301).


            Dr. Gromko's true story begins with the implausible inheritance she receives from a former patient. Completely unexpected, the windfall jolts her life, which is already out-of-balance with the demands of her profession. She reshuffles her life's priorities and finally gives in to her need to seek a life partner once and for all.


            Browsing on the Internet, the Seattle doctor advertises, "I'd like to meet a nice Democrat." She finds Steve, a businessman who is "gifted at banter, irreverently funny, and loyal as a beagle." While Steve brings joy, he also brings unforeseen complications into the doctor's life. For one thing, Steve has full custody of nine-year-old daughter Brita, who greets the doctor with "I hate every centimeter of you—get used to it!"


            Then, there is the more serious issue of Steve's health. Known to have diabetes and high blood pressure, Steve falls precipitously into the abyss of kidney failure. Without a kidney transplant or dialysis, Steve will die within one to two weeks. Written from a doctor's perspective, the book takes the reader on a tumultuous course of medical and personal trials, as Dr. Gromko exerts the most powerful advocacy of her life.


            Joe Piscatella, author and President of The Institute for Fitness and Health, endorsed the book as follows: "Dr. Linda Gromko has written a gritty, realistic piece about true life with kidney failure and heart disease. If anything makes a case for prevention and a healthy lifestyle, this book delivers!" Best-selling author Elizabeth Lyon noted "Dr. Gromko explains everything about the realities of kidney disease, and in a way that readers can not only easily understand, but will also feel on the edge of their seats awaiting the next diagnosis, procedure, victory, or complication. Ultimately, this memoir is a stirring account about hope, commitment, sacrifice, and love."


            Dr. Gromko grew up in Seattle, and graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine.  Prior to medical school, she earned a Master in Nursing degree from the University of Washington Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Dr. Gromko founded Queen Anne Medical Associates, PLLC. She resides on Bainbridge Island with her husband and daughter; her son Tim Franklin is a television newscaster in Montana.


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