Reclaim your life. Release the fear and embarrassment.

JoAnne Lake shares the details of her difficult journey living with neurogenic bladder and bowel.

Reclaim your life. Release the fear and embarrassment.

JoAnne Lake shares the details of her difficult journey living with neurogenic bladder and bowel.

Knowledge & Support

Real life tips plus the latest medical research from JoAnne’s blog.

Encouragement

Read the stories of others from JoAnne’s Circle of Friends as we walk through neurogenic bladder and bowel together.

Meet JoAnne

As she shares her journey from diagnosis to living a meaningful life with neurogenic bladder & bowel

Resources

Looking for answers to questions we haven’t addressed in the blog? Start here.

Media

Are you interested in interviewing JoAnne or having her on your podcast? Media resources are here.

Favorite Things

JoAnne has compiled a list of some of her favorite things – items that help her to live a meaningful life

“Lake’s debut offers a candid memoir of her experience with neurogenic bladder and a wealth of practical advice about coping with its daily complications. . . The text, attractively laid out with leaf motifs and inset boxes, is packed with helpful tips on diet, exercise, hygiene, and intimacy issues. . . Appendices list suggested products, books, and websites, and the glossary is especially useful. . . An invaluable resource for NB sufferers.”

-Kirkus Review

Awards for Beyond Embarrassment

Meet JoAnne Lake

I began sharing my difficulties and struggles anonymously with others on this blog and by guest writing on others blogs. I soon found that there were many women out there that were also struggling and we helped each other. Together we gave information, advice and support for one another through many ups and downs, calm times and those of concern and sometimes panic. We still do and through this blog we have reached thousands with important words of medical facts, common problems, and support when no one else understood.
Living with a Colectomy

Living with a Colectomy

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Extra Supplies to Pass On

Extra Supplies to Pass On

A reader has some new supplies that she wants to pass on. I understand the devices we use are expensive, but just a reminder: if the seal is broken in transport, throw it away. And to our kind...

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An Opportunity for a Paid Interview

Attention all intermittent catheter users. This is a chance to earn $150 for an hour long interview  If you are interested please contact them directly. They will select 5 participants. This is time...

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God is Bigger than the Corona Virus

God is Bigger than the Corona Virus

During this time of the Corona Virus we are experiencing a frightful time and because of this circumstance it causes me to draw closer to God for comfort. A lot of us fall into the medically fragile...

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Pregnancy and Neurogenic Bladder

Pregnancy and Neurogenic Bladder

Question: Hi Trudy! I am 30 years old and been diagnosed with a neurogenic bladder from the age of 9 due to spinal cord surgery that went wrong. Ever since I have been using self catheterization...

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Can Kombucha help my Neurogenic Bowel?

Can Kombucha help my Neurogenic Bowel?

Not long ago Julia and I attended a #BlogHerHealth19 conference in LA. I was fortunate enough to meet Hanna Crumb, an expert on the drink, Kombucha, that can replenish good bacteria into our gut. ...

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