SOPHIE'S INCONTINENCE STORY
Learn how this mother and grandmother didn't let incontinence slow her down, and how NAFC helped her win back her freedom.
"AFTER ALL OF MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, I THOUGHT I COULD MANAGE MY CONDITION ON MY OWN. TURNS OUT, I NEEDED SOME HELP TO START LIVING MY LIFE AGAIN."
Sophie was always a trailblazer – she was the first woman in her family to go to college, the first woman in her school to be offered a golfing scholarship and the first woman hired by her CPA firm after she graduated.
But by the time she had retired and her husband passed away, after three of her four children had moved out of state and her 10 grandchildren were just starting their own lives, that streak of independence had come to an end.
It happened gradually. For years, she had dealt with mild and occasional bouts of incontinence – she would wet herself a bit when she laughed, or when she couldn’t get to a bathroom in time. “That’s just a part of getting older,” she would tell herself, but things were only getting worse.
Eventually, she reached the point where she had to time her trips out of the house to make sure that she could find a bathroom when she needed it. By the time she had to give up golf because she was afraid of accidents, she knew that what was happening to her was neither normal nor tolerable.
That’s when she reached out to the NAFC. The National Association for Continence is dedicated to helping people like Sophie find treatments that can make a difference in their lives.
With the NAFC’s support, Sophie found a physician who helped her understand that she didn’t have to learn to live with an overactive bladder. That solutions were available. And that she could get her life back again.
In her case, a simple surgery was all it took, but different patients will find that different approaches work best for them. It’s reaching out for help that’s the hardest part – overcoming the stigma associated with incontinence, finding a qualified physician and opening up to that physician about what’s really going on.
That’s what the NAFC is all about – serving as an advocate for people who need one, and getting them the results they deserve. No one should have to live with a condition that can be overcome, and our organization is proud to have made a meaningful impact on thousands of lives.
But we can’t do it alone – in fact, it’s because of your generosity and the generosity of thousands of others like you that we’ve been able to make all the progress we have.
Thank you so much for all you’ve given our organization in the past. We’re confident that, with your continued generosity, we will be able to deliver real help and real hope to the many millions of people who live with incontinence every day.