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.

Needing urinary catheters to accompany me on my daily activities I have found some stashing places that keeps me safe in case I run out and forget to bring them along.1. My or my husbands car glove...

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My Quest for Health

My Quest for Health

After the initial diagnosis of Neurogenic Bladder and the testing done to discover exactly why all I really wanted and still do want a healthy body.  WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?  How can I help...

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Did you know that people with a full bladder were able to better control and “hold off” making important, or expensive, decisions, leading to better judgement? My mother always wanted me to be...

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Slimy Tubes & Tricky Situations

Slimy Tubes & Tricky Situations

 I had so much to learn in the beginning about the different types of catheters a person with a neurogenic bladder could use.  I was shown a few single-use catheters at my next doctor’s...

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I have to do WHAT to pee?

I have to do WHAT to pee?

My first urologist was a rather young and very busy urologist.  On my first visit, I sat on a table much like the tables used at the OB GYN office.  I laid back with my feet in stirrups...

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Not too many people would be brave enough to "like" me on Facebook. Neurogenic Bladder is not the most glamerous of disabilities, yet it is real. Some live the life and sometimes feel,...

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