Family life after a Spinal Cord Injury

Posted by Helene Klasson, August 24 2016

He was on his way to Spain to start a career as a professional basketball player when he met Sarah. Normally he was quite shy, but there was something special about Sarah that made him leave his comfort zone and not only ask her out on a date, but to come to Spain with him.

And here they are a few years later, living a family life back in Sweden. One thing’s for sure—there’s another level of challenges with small kids, when dad is in a wheelchair.

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Topics: Spinal cord injury

Sports was my rescue

Posted by Helene Klasson, August 18 2016

As a kid he was a promising soccer player. Growing up in the country, the soccer field was his whole world. But after an illness his life took a sudden turn. Today he is playing basketball and rugby – in a chair.

Read about Mikael who took his life back with help from his biggest passion – sports.

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, sports

Bitten by the travel bug 2

Posted by Anna Westberg, July 28 2016

Sebastian Forsén discovered the joy of traveling on a road trip in the USA a few years after he suffered his spinal cord injury.

Since then, Sebastian has crisscrossed the globe. Here Sebastian gives his best tips for those of you who are drawn to distant horizons.


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Topics: travel

Bitten by the travel bug 1

Posted by Anna Westberg, July 7 2016

Traveling most often involves discovering exciting new things - about yourself and the world around you. And not least, returning home, invigorated and stimulated.

For several years, Sebastian Forsén has run Welltrips, a travel agency that specializes in trips for people with some form of disability. Sebastian himself has a spinal cord injury, and has traveled extensively.

"You broaden your perspectives, when you travel," maintains Sebastian. "And you grow as a person when you see that you can handle more than you think."

Sebastian will give us his best travel tips in two blog posts!

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Topics: travel

Continence and incontinence

Posted by Sandra Abrahamsson, June 30 2016

 
 
 

The words "continence" and "incontinence" might cause some confusion. They are often used to explain the same thing, but they are actually each other's opposites.

Continue to read this blog post and find out the basics of continence and incontinence!

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Topics: continence, incontinence

To be a kid with spinal cord injury

Posted by Helene Klasson, June 23 2016

She was injured in a car accident at the age of five – today she is 19 and a promising handball player, living her life to the fullest. But it wasn’t always easy to be a child with a spinal cord injury. This is Julia Johansson’s inspiring story.

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, CIC

Emergency at 30,000 feet

Posted by Kent Revedal, June 16 2016

It’s an early December day and I have just boarded an aircraft between Stockholm and Frankfurt. It’s a two hour flight. Short and smooth. No risk of needing to use the toilet during the flight.

It turns out the flight is delayed since we do not leave the gate at the planned time. 15 minutes later the captain announces that due to snowstorms in Europe we have been scheduled for a slot much later. At the moment we may not be able to leave Stockholm for another 3.5 hours.

That’s when I realize I have forgotten to bring my urinary bag onboard. I feel the panic growing inside of me as I know that during these short flights there is no aisle chair that can transport me to the toilet...

 

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Topics: CIC, travelling with catheters

A kidney failure almost ended his life—now he is going for Paralympics

Posted by Helene Klasson, June 9 2016

– You can’t fly, right? But probably you don’t think about that much? I can’t walk and I don’t think about that much…

Taneli Tenhunen has had a spinal cord injury from birth, and reveals my own prejudice towards those who use a wheelchair. Taneli can’t fly either, but close enough. He made it to the Paralympics in Beijing and now he is planning his comeback in the tennis court. Next stop Tokyo, 2020!

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, Lifestyle

The environmental footprint of catheters

Posted by Helene Klasson, June 2 2016

In a perfect world, urinary catheters would be environmentally friendly enough to flush down the toilet, but not yet achievable. But there are ways to reduce the environmental footprint of catheters!

 

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Topics: CIC

The fighter pilot who faced an unexpected battle

Posted by Anna Westberg, May 25 2016

The year is 1983, and Stefan has just finished the Swedish military service. On a whim, he applies for fighter pilot training. A few tense weeks later, he and eleven other young men are notified that they have been accepted—he is overjoyed! 

Some years later the first symtoms began to emerge and eventually he was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). This is the story about Stefan Granholm, still fighting battles, but of a totally other kind.

 

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Topics: CIC, MS

What is a Neurogenic Bladder?

Posted by Chris Bridgman, May 17 2016

Most of us take the healthy functioning of our bladder for granted, but impairment of bladder function can be a deeply troubling cause of daily anxiety if you have a Neurogenic Bladder.  In this post, we shall look at the symptoms and available treatments for managing the Neurogenic Bladder.

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Topics: CIC, Neurogenic bladder

Take control of your water balance

Posted by Helene Klasson, May 4 2016

Water is the only drink for a wise man, Henry David Thoreau said. And we agree!

Water supports kidney and bladder functions, helps prevent constipation, and makes it easier to maintain your weight as water reduces cravings for other more calorie-dense drinks. Water also helps those with tetraplegia to manage low blood pressure issues.

So let’s dive into the essentials!

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Topics: CIC, Clean Intermittent Catheterization

The importance of a good start

Posted by Kent Revedal, April 28 2016

It´s February 1992 and on the PA system I hear ”Bob en piste”. I am in Albertville, France, during the olympics and for some obscure reason I ended up watching the 4-man bob-sleigh. We shall not go into detail about that story for the sake of you readers...

However, something became very clear to me when I saw these olympic athletes competing. The first thing they measured was the starting time, basically how fast they were able to run to a certain point and then get into the Bob. The top teams always had the best start times. Those who were way behind these first few seconds had no chance to win any medals. The race was not won during the first few seconds but a good start was important to stand a chance during the rest of the race.

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Topics: CIC

A look into the future of catheterization

Posted by Helene Klasson, April 22 2016

This time we will do some trend spotting, and what could be better than discussing the future with someone who made history, revolutionizing catheterization with the hydrophilic catheter – Jan Utas.

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Topics: CIC

Treatment options for neurogenic bowel dysfunction

Posted by Helene Klasson, April 14 2016

From your first minute on this earth your poo is of greatest interest, first to your parents (Is the child constipated? What color is the poo?). Then, after a gentle transition, you are supposed to be the poo manager yourself. And it is important, because when the bowel works, life tends to work.

Today we will talk about neurogenic bowel dysfunction – when the bowel doesn’t work – and also about connected treatments.

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Topics: enCATHopedia, bowel management

10 expert tips for a smooth digestion

Posted by Helene Klasson, April 7 2016

Your stomach is like a car. As long as it’s running smoothly, you don’t pay much attention to it. But as soon as a weird sound is heard or the brakes are failing, it demands your attention.  It’s not only annoying—it may hinder you from going where you want and doing what you want.

So let’s ask an expert how you can keep your digestive system on track!

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Topics: bowel management

When it doesn't show – about invisible disabilities

Posted by Sabina Dahlstrom, March 31 2016

Millions of people around the world have some kind of disability. In many cases it is impossible to tell, just by looking at someone.
These invisible impairments are limiting in one way or another, even though it is not obvious to others.
So let’s focus beyond the visible!

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Topics: Spinal cord injury, CIC

A quick guide to different types of catheters

Posted by Olivia Uddenberg, March 24 2016

Unless you need to start using a catheter, it is unlikely that you would know much about it. And we know that at first it seems scary, difficult and intimidating, but as soon as you learn the technique, it will become a habit like any other daily routine.

Start here to sort out the basic concepts and terms! If you want to learn more, we can point you in the right direction.

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BPH – an issue most men will experience

Posted by Chris Bridgman, March 17 2016

Trips to the toilet during the night, unability to completely pass urine, leakage, a constant feeling of never having fully emptied the bladder. These are common experiences for men, often endured for years, inhibiting quality of life, and creating much anxiety. A simple checkup can restore peace of mind and provide a simple and painless solution.

 

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Topics: Clean Intermittent Catheterization, BPH, Enlarged Prostate

How MS affects the bladder

Posted by Helene Klasson, March 8 2016

Did you know that 8 out of 10 people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) experience bladder problems? And that the risk of developing MS is significantly higher for women than for men?

So, with the International Women’s Day in mind, we will put extra focus on MS and the bladder today!

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Topics: CIC, Diagnos