Radiation and Cancer Surgery Causing Urinary and Fecal Incontinence

My Story – Submitted by: Jennifer

I was diagnosed in late 2016 with Stage 3 rectal cancer.  I underwent 45 days of radiation and chemotherapy to my rectum and surrounding area. Six weeks later I had a lower anterior resection where the surgeon salvaged as much rectum as possible and reattached my sigmoid colon to the remaining rectum. I am currently undergoing clean-up chemo, however, as a result of radiation and surgery, I have been left with severe urinary and fecal incontinence. Continue reading

New Beginnings After Incontinence

My Story – Submitted by: Gene

My name is Gene and I’m a 52 year old male. About 5 years ago I began to slowly lose control over my bladder due to a small bladder tumor. After having the tumor removed I found myself incontinent.

Being incontinent and trying to return to school or work seemed impossible for me at first. After my surgery I wasn’t able to return to my old job. Managing my problem at home was hard enough, but at work or school — no way!! There seemed to be little info available out there about practical day to day management. So I thought that this letter might help those out there that also find themselves at this point.Continue reading

Adult Nocturnal Enuresis (Adult Bedwetting)

My Story – Submitted by: Colin

Nocturnal enuresis (the clinical term for bedwetting) effects millions of youngsters worldwide. Most young people outgrow it or are able to be cured of their bedwetting using bedwetting alarms, medicines, surgery, or other methods. What many people may not be aware of is the fact that a large percentage of adults suffer from this problem also and some of these deal with the issue their entire life. It’s estimated that as many as 1 to 3% of adults have problems staying dry at night. These figures could be significantly higher and it’s likely the real figures may never be known due to the attendant stigma surrounding adult bedwetting – as Cheryl B.Gartley, president of the Simon Foundation for Continence says: “Bedwetting is a closet issue within the closet issue of incontinence.” These individuals resort to wearing some form of protection to bed such as disposable diapers, cloth diapers, or plastic pants. Unfortunately these individuals are stigmatized by the public – bedwetting seems to be viewed more negatively than other forms of incontinence, why this is so is puzzling to me.  The people suffering from bedwetting are reluctant to form relationships with people – imagine having to tell your significant other you have to wear diapers and plastic pants to bed – and are reluctant to spend the night at friends houses. Additionally business trips can be a nightmare for the adult plagued by bedwetting.Continue reading

Woman with Incontinence Due to Injury

My Story – Submitted by: Davida

What a beautiful day it was. July 27, 1997­, the sky a brilliant blue and, in spite of the dazzling sunshine, cool and delicious. It was my birthday and I was riding Adoro, my thoroughbred four year old gelding, sweet and wise beyond his years. We were making circles in the corral when he stumbled. He never fell (and neither did I), but he tripped on something and stumbled, brought to his knees for only a moment. I fell forward onto my saddle’s high pommel (like the horn of a western saddle). As Adoro righted himself, I did too, but the damage had already been done. My impact with the saddle had destroyed my urethra and seriously injured my bladder. There was blood everywhere and, suddenly, I was incontinent.

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Teenager with Enuresis

My Story – Submitted by: Johnny

I’m 14 now, and have always been a bedwetter. I wet on average 4-5 times a week. I’ve had all the tests and a few treatments, and nothing has helped.

I share a room with my brother (he’s one year younger) and a few years ago after his constant complaining about smell and being woken up while I changed my sheets, my Mom finally decided that diapers would be the best solution. Continue reading

Teenager Using Absorbent Products after Car Accident

My Story – Submitted by: Liz

I’m 17 years old and I was in a car accident at age 14. The accident left me with many internal damages which included my bladder. Since then, I have not been able to control my bladder. I am forced to wear diapers all the time and it is so embarrassing, especially at school. Continue reading

Teenager with Multiple Types of Incontinence

My Story – Submitted by: Liz

I am nearly 18 years old and have suffered with both day and night incontinence from day one. There has not been a single say or night that I can remember not having a serious accident. It’s hard to believe that doctors really care about anyone with incontinence, as for years 10 years I was told ‘you’ll grow out of it’, ‘you’re just lazy’ and it really hurts me to think that other people are going through this too.Continue reading

Still Searching for a Treatment for a Sensitive Bladder

My Story – Submitted by: Anonymous

After taking some one with me to the doctors they finely listened to me about my incontinence problems. After all the tests (I had done urodynamics and a cystocopy), they came to the conclusion that I have a sensitive bladder. My continence advisor, which I self referred to, reckons I also have a small bladder. Continue reading

Sharing with Family Improved Quality of Life

My Story – Submitted by: Rick

I want to share my story with you and hopefully I can help others deal with the same.

Don’t get down. Do what you have do. I’m married and have a understanding wife, and family. When I started having accidents, day, and night, I went to get help, and doctors could not find anything wrong. It left me with few options. I refused to wear anything, but that only caused me to isolate myself. My loving wife took over and encouraged me to get out and off the couch. She said no one will laugh at you. Let’s have a family meeting with everyone and just tell them how bad your problem is and that you now have to wear diaper all the time. When we told them, they all seemed shocked but said, “It’s OK.”Continue reading

One Woman’s Fight Against Stigma

My Story – Submitted by: Reina

One night, a couple of months back, I was watching Jon and Kate Plus Eight. I love that show and think it is fascinating to folow the lives of that family. I also love the way they do things together. Their family is so precious. They are so lucky. However, one particular episode struck a nerve but inspired me at the same time. And, I thank the family’s show prefusely for getting the fire ignited that is responsible for getting the ball rolling.Continue reading