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 surprise. I could find very little about the underactive bladder on the internet. How could a broken part cause so much havoc with my body? Why in the would had I never heard of this before?
Then the greatest event happened. I got a friend interested in my project. I was no longer alone in my toil. Julia Parker MS,MLIS, the Biosleuth, and medical research librarian worked her magic, to my many questions. My story was nothing until we had Julia medically validate what I wrote. And validate she did. besides that I finally really understood how common this condition is. and how many ways a person could fall prey.
Because of Julia’s input a person reading this book will have an excellent understanding of this condition.
Another person that added so much to this project was the the wonderful urologist, Dr. Lora Plaskon. She wrote the awesome forward.
From the book, Beyond Embarrassment:
We hope you have found this book to be a great encouragement and source for better understanding the many health issues that can affect the bladder. An editor in the publishing industry once explained to me that every book has potential value and insight, since no two authors who write on the same subject will ever duplicate each other. It’s just not going to happen.
Of course, you may wish to consult with a medical librarian to get started on your search for health information. Hospitals and their medical libraries were originally maintained exclusively for the use of their physicians and staff. Now, many community hospitals include a Consumer Library, which is open to the public, with its specialized medical information that you won’t find in most city or county public libraries. If you are fortunate to live near a university with a medical school, you should check with them to see if they are open to the public for reference services.