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The Book, Beyond Embarrassment is more than my Memoir

I wrote my memoir as I blogged about the topic of neurologenic bladder over several years.  My story is unfortunately common because bladder problems many times go undiagnosed and haunt many. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that my many symptoms were because of a broken bladder.  I had no idea.  Then imagine my second…

A Flacid Bladder Question for Trudy

Question for Trudy: Hi! First I want to say thanks for being brave and speaking out about this problem. I have small, flaccid neurogenic bladder. My question is should I wear diapers? I do wear menstrual pads, but sometimes they are not strong enough to keep the fluid in, so I must change them from…

What came first, depression or infection?

I am interested in learning about how chronic infection can cause emotional drain and physical soreness.  Recent medical evidence has reported that despair and a wounded spirit can be caused by infection.  During my years of  undiagnosed urinary retention, I kept busy and tried not to give into the lethargy I felt.  I worked and…

Doctor will this exam help me?

This excerpt from my book Beyond Embarrassment is such a perfect example of a doctor going through the motions of an exam and me not asking enough questions at the end of the exam.  I hope that if a situation happens to me or even you in the future, we take the time to get…

An Attitude Change was in Order

Now I am bold when it comes to my health story.  This attitude is new to me because I have not always felt this way.  At first I was horrified, then very embarrassed by my diagnosis of neurogeneic bladder. After trying to learn more about this difficult condition, I felt frustrated because I could not find the…

Woman’s Intermittent Catheter, you can do it!

Question: Dear Trudy, I would like to be part of a support group of neurogenic bladder. I am very concerned about it as far as the urologist advised me to self-catheter twice a day. I am in shock. My husband is helping me right now but I have to get used of it. Also I am…

BEYOND EMBARRASSMENT receives the Silver Living Now Award for Enriching Lives

When we wrote Beyond Embarrassment, the goal was to offer comfort and compassion to those dealing with neurogenic bladder and bowel, because this disability is so embarrassing. The tag line, for Trudy Triumph, the blog and the book,  is…Shed the shame and stand proud. This award shows that the judges understood the point of our book and I am thrilled…

New Back Cover of Beyond Embarrassment

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Back Cover:

HEALTH/Women

Reclaim Your Life

Release the Fear and Embarrassment

For Women Who Suffer and Those Who Share Their Journey

JoAnne’s story is engaging. It inspires, while offering suggestions for managing life’s hurdles. In an honest, will-to-succeed style, this journey focuses on neurogenic bladder and bowel condition in which a person lacks control due to a brain spinal cord or nerve condition. The source can be aging, a chronic health condition, trauma, or many other causes. Often called an under active or over active bladder or bowel, its symptoms vary but the difficult daily reality is shared.

Valuable guide, much like a fresh prescription filled with practical advice
Educates, empathizes, and encourages women who struggle with the same health issue
Written with a girlfriend-to girlfriend feel, sharing the path to survival and success
Sprinkled with Tips and Knowledge Nuggets that high light points of importance
Encouraging and equipping the reader to live every day to the utmost

With medical input from expert medical research librarian and Biosleuth, Julia Parker, readers will discover current research and facts equipping them to meet their medical challenges and work with their medical teams. Valuable for healthcare professionals to share with patients

“Offers a candid memoir of her experience with neurogenic bladder and a wealth of practical advice about coping with its daily complications. An invaluable resource for NB sufferers.”

—Kirkus Review

“This is the best and most complete book on neurogenic bladder syndrome that I have read in my 30 years of family practice medicine. I will use it again and again as a resource and refer my patients to read this excellent book.”

—Kathy Matteson MN FNP ND Medical Provider

Support for Children Learning to Cath

Dear Trudy,
I stumbled upon your site in my search for information about neurogenic bladders. Perhaps you or the broader bladder community can help me. I am curious if there are any other moms (or dads/families) out there that can offer advice, guidance, direction, maybe overall support for this mom in flux. My 6 year old daughter was born with a tethered spinal cord which has been corrected (twice) and in connection a neurogenic bladder. She is 90% potty trained. She is able to go during the day but cannot stay dry at night. Given her age (“pull ups” aren’t “cool”) at 6 the reality of cathing is entering our lives. Bottom line with level 5 reflex and the bladder condition cathing will definitely be in her future. Mostly likely 2-3 times a day so we know it’s actually emptied. She is NOT a fan of it nor does she really understand. Doctors are recommending a “Stoma” (aka port through her belly button). They say it’s much easier to access, cleaner and convenient. Overall an “easier” way to go. It can be reversed and she will still be able to go during the day. I don’t want to make a decision based on it being “easy” though i’m sure for one that has to cath convenience is a factor. My question to this community is does anyone have it? Do you like it? How has it bettered your daily life vs. cathing?

Dear Friend,

Thank you for the question. I am not a doctor so I would not be the one to offer medical advice but there are organizations that might be able to offer advice. Organizations we endorse are found on the blog resource tab. In the book Beyond Embarrassment, there are many more resources.

You might try this one first. Underactive Bladder Foundation http://www.underactivebladder.org/

I have personally met the founder and he is an honest good man. He would be a good to start with.

I hope all goes well, Trudy

Dear Trudy,

I am looking for an online support group for kids who have neurogenic bladder and have to self cath every day. Can you help?

Thanks,

Dear Friend,

I am not sure where you can find support groups for kids. Perhaps some information from the resource page on the blog and book, as well, will help.

Kids love to hang out and just be around other kids. Perhaps some would be too shy about discussing toileting with others.

I know from working in a school and going to the nurses room to cath myself there are several students who do the same thing every year. These kids go to the restroom and take care of business so they can go back to the halls and enjoy their friends. They consider it a quick in and out so they can get back to life.

If you feel like you are the one that needs a support group (I totally get that feeling, because as parents so many crazy things thrown at us) please call me. Email and I will send you my number. I know you’re afraid for your child and it is hard. Please try to see this through your child’s eyes. He will forever cath so this is normal for him. No sympathy needed. He will get on with it and live a good life, I am sure. Not long ago I watched a great documentary from Net Flex. Called When I Walk, It was great and I encourage you to watch it. It was about a young man going through life losing everything,walking, all of it, because he had Multiple Sclerosis. His mother gave him no sympathy. She was his cheerleader. She tells him, “You have one life, go out there and live it, think of all that have to live in slums! You do not live in a slum!” Please write and let me know what you think.

I hope this helps, Trudy

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