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.
Practice Different Cathing Positions

Practice Different Cathing Positions

Toileting happens wherever you are.   Be ready!I know as a fact that just because I have a neurogenic bladder and bowel I need to be as prepared as a boy scout, as diligent a new mother,...

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I Just Hold my Head up and Fight!

I Just Hold my Head up and Fight!

Let’s break free from the shame.  I want to hold my head up high and say...."  "Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is...

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Libito and Life

Libito and Life

I started my blog last February, out of desperation, because so much of what I read about my symptoms of neurogenic bladder and bowel was written by medical professionals.   I had a...

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The History of Urinary Catheters

The History of Urinary Catheters

In the past,  people with my condition had short lives. There was not a lot to give them comfort. It is certainly not the case now. The Coloplast Speediacath catheder I use is so simple and...

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Dementia, What Did You Say???

Dementia, What Did You Say???

September 21 was National Dementia Day.  The color to be worn on that day was purple, to remember those suffering from the affliction.   I could never wear purple since...

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