Over 5 million Australians (1 in 4 people aged 15 years or over) experience bladder or bowel control problems
The following people have shared their stories of living with or caring for someone with incontinence in Bridge magazine. Reading the experience and advice of others can make a huge difference to someone in a similar situation.
Brisbane-born model Anja Christoffersen was only 17 when she first walked in Amsterdam Fashion Week. Now 22, Anja has made it her mission to show that people with incontinence can live happily and confidently. She shares what she's learnt from life-long incontinence and this experience.
Ever wondered if your doctor or health specialist truly understands the debilitating effect incontinence has on your life? Associate Professor Michael Murray does. We spoke with him about his own compelling,very personal post-surgery story.
David was in his 50s when he started to wake up multiple times during the night, needing to pass urine. It was a call with the National Continence Helpline and a simple afternoon lie-down that helped.
After experiencing a traumatic childbirth injury and pelvic organ prolapse, Stephanie Thompson’s direction in life was changed. Now a published author and advocate, Stephanie is on a mission to continue opening the conversation about pelvic health and childbirth.
Anne-Marie Howarth was 31 years old when she suffered a motorbike accident which left her with a spinal cord injury, restricting her bladder and bowel control. Not to be outdone by her injury, instead it opened a world of new opportunities.
Greg Ryan was born without an anal opening, a congenital abnormality which affects 30,000 babies around the world each year. Two Australian surgeons saved him, but the outcome ushered him into a life of shame, secrecy, social stigma and intense mental health difficulties.
Acolostomy at the age of 21 was not the end of the world but the beginning of a new one. At 95 years of age, Jean Croxton shared some of her inspirational wisdom with granddaughter Kellie Matalone.
Gabrielle Fakhri has been caring for her son Simon, for 42 years. She gave this touching account of life as Simon’s carer at the launch of the Carers count special project during World Continence Week.
Thirteen-year-old twins Tegan and Glenys Saffigna can’t talk, dress themselves or eat most foods. But in the eyes of their proud father, Tony, they are no different from any other children – they love to be cuddled, play games and read to.
Jodie’s son Joe was born 10 years ago with profound disabilities as the result of a mild virus she contracted while pregnant. Her remarkable strength and leadership since his birth have earned her the 2015 Continence Foundation’s Carer of the Year award.
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