Barbara’s story: Stay positive. Never give up!

My name is Barbara. I’m 34 years old and I live in Berne, Switzerland.

For over six months, I already had problems walking. Once, I collapsed during a morning run. I had to use crutches after that incident. It was January 24, 2012 when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and part of the complications was urinary incontinence.

I was shocked when I first heard the diagnosis. I always thought that MS was hereditary. The recommended treatment for it was medication once a month and physiotherapy twice a month. But dealing with the incontinence was quite complicated in the beginning. The medication for it didn’t really help. So with my doctor’s advice, I decided to try Botox injections. I still had to use catheters and luckily, I didn’t experience any discomfort nor thought it was a hassle. I also cleaned my bladder with water through a syringe every day. This was important in preventing infections. Since then, I’ve felt so much better and I’ve noticed that I was more relaxed.

I live my life as normally as I can. I sleep enough and I eat healthy. I like to bake, to travel and to do Zumba. Sometimes it’s not always possible to do these things. Either I’m too tired or my body is in bad shape like I have difficulty in walking. So I search for something else that I enjoy doing in my free time such as go to the cinema or invite a friend over.

What I’ve learned from this experience is to be patient with my body. I take my time and aim for progress no matter the pace. The most important thing is to stay positive. Never give up!

Have you dealt with a urological condition yourself? Share your story and inspire others to talk openly about urological health.

Posted: 17/08/2016