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 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

One Woman’s Fight Against Stigma (An Update Three Years Later)

My Story – Submitted by: Reina

You guys probably recall me sharing a story about my finally accepting my incontinence and no longer being ashamed. In that story, I stated how I saw a particular episode on John and Kate Plus 8, and it gave me a desire to engage in efforts to educate the world about incontinence, letting people know that there is no need to be ashamed of having the condition and that it does not have to rule their lives. Well, I’m back to give you all an update. I know it has been awhile, but here it is.Continue reading

My Transvaginal Mesh Surgery

My Story – Submitted by: Mary

I am a 53-year old woman who had a hysterectomy for cervical cancer at 27 and chronic bronchitis in my 40’s. This caused my incontinence and I was told I would get relief if I had the transvaginal mesh implanted. I had the surgery in 2009, both bladder and rectal repairs.

Since then, I have had nothing but problems. The mesh is eroding out of my vagina, my bladder has fallen again, I cannot empty my bladder totally, have the urge to urinate often and I leak constantly. I also can’t be intimate with my husband without pain. That is not even close to being the worst of it.Continue reading

Living with VACTERL Association

My Story – Submitted by: Gerald

I was born in 1957 with VACTERL Association. I have a Klippel-Feil in both my cervical spine and lumbar spine (L1-L4 congenitally fused), a syrinx in lower cervical spine, urinary tract fistulas, imperforate anus, and a horseshoe kidney. I have a history of distension, pseudo-obstruction (for which I have been hopitalized and NG’d several times), two obstructions due to adhesions, and these were surgically repaired. I also have a syrinx in my lower cervical spine which is stable. I was also born with an imperforate anus and required a pull-thru at birth. I had laminectomies in both my cervical and lumbar spines (L1-L4 is congenitally fused with hemi-vertibrae, scolioses, severe stenosis in the foramen and central canal). I have a horseshoe kidney but do not have any renal issues that I am aware of, though I am prone to UTI’s. I am largely incontinent and have severe motility problems and am sometimes unable to pass stool for a week at a time. Continue reading

Living with Primary Nocturnal Enuresis

My Story – Submitted by: Anonymous

I have had to adapt to my surroundings and develop an intricate “cover” for the reasons why I do things, why I have never “slept over”.

When I go camping I always have two sleeping bags. I will sleep in my own tent and will swim in a freezing river early in the morning.

I can stay awake all night at my girlfriend’s house and she never knows, but I can’t stay there for more than two nights in a row.

Walked 20 kilometres home from a party because I dozed off.

Why do I keep my bedroom door shut and get up before everyone else in a shared house? They all think I’m a clean freak because I do the washing every morning and always wash my sheets. They tell me that I shouldn’t freak out about bed bugs.

Just a few situations that primary nocturnal enuresis has put me through.Continue reading