What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?It started about three years ago; I was constantly going to the bathroom. In total it was between 13 and 15 times a day. Strong, sudden urges would send me rushing to the bathroom. I'm a third grade teacher and I would be in the middle of teaching and all of a sudden, I would have to rush out of the classroom. That was a problem in itself, as a teacher you can't leave the classroom full of students. So my life revolved around knowing where the bathrooms were, constantly rushing to the bathroom and sometimes not making it to there in time and having an accident. After a while it became too much so I decided to see a doctor.
Who has been there for you? How?My husband has always been there for me through thick and thin. He supports me through the trials and tribulations that come with having this condition. Also, my close girlfriends who know about my Overactive Bladder; they support me and keep my confidence strong.
What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?I am a heavy coffee drinker so I was told to cut back. Now, I will drink only one cup per day because if I have two, I will be running to the bathroom continuously. Another thing is that I am always wearing a pad just in case I get caught short with no access to the bathroom. Lastly, I make sure to always know where the bathrooms are and I avoid drinking liquids three hours before bed.
Strong, sudden urges would send me rushing to the bathroom.
There is help out there and great support groups for people like us.
What's your advice to someone else living with Overactive Bladder?Anybody living with Overactive Bladder should know that they are not alone. There are ways you can manage and treat it. There is help out there and great support groups for people like us.
What accomplishment are you proud of?I am proud of my career; raising a growing, loving family and keeping positivity in my life.
Is there anything else we should know?I love to dance and I love to cook.
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