What freedom and dignity means when living with Spina Bifida

October 25 2020

To be born with Spina Bifida is to be used to the obstacles the condition presents – nevertheless, you do get tired of them from time to time. We met Ida Rönnblad – sociable, positive and a passionate bird-watcher. Over a cup of coffee we discussed what freedom and dignity means to her.

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Topics: Clean Intermittent Catheterization (CIC), Spina Bifida, Bladder dysfunction, dignity

Intermittent Catheterization with a three-year-old

October 21 2020

Most riders guide their horse with their legs, but Evie has no sensation from the knees down, as she was born with a form of Spina Bifida. It affects her balance, but that doesn’t stop her from riding Daisy. It also impairs Evie’s bladder and bowel function, so she uses urinary catheters to empty her bladder.

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Topics: Neurogenic bladder, Bladder dysfunction, Intermittent Catheterization

Multiple Sclerosis: It is okay to grieve

July 22 2020

Krista was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1996. Since then, she has experienced developments both good and bad. Here she shares her insights and advice for those suffering from multiple sclerosis.

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Topics: Neurogenic bladder, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Bladder dysfunction, quality of life

How combined bladder and bowel care improves the health and happiness of MS patients

April 22 2020

Worse bladder symptoms often mean worse bowel symptoms. Yet they are rarely addressed together, despite the evidence for better clinical outcomes and significant improvements in quality of life.

Lee, 30, living with MS

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Topics: Bladder and bowel interaction, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Bowel dysfunction, Bladder dysfunction, bowel disorder

Proud to catheterize

April 15 2020

After being told in her 30s that she would need to catheterize for the rest of her life, Serena Green felt humiliated. Now she is proud to catheterize but her journey to acceptance in the years following involved friends, family and healthcare professionals.

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Topics: Women's health, Bladder dysfunction, Intermittent Catheterization