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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

I've had overactive bladder for over 15 years which has made me miserable because it has limited my life. I have tried everything from medication to exercises, to therapy – everything you can think of.

I didn't want the transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) treatment, so I tried botox. I love it, but for me, it just doesn't last long. It's as if it only lasts for maybe three months at most. It is expensive, but my insurance covers some of it. I pray for a permanent solution soon.

Who has been there for you? How?

My husband has been so supportive. During road trips, he will stop as soon as I mention an urge. He encourages me to keep trying.

My doctors have been helpful by trying various methods. I'm sure I've tried every medication, but I'm sure there is something out there for me.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

I am or was limited to where I could go, but now I go everywhere. I continue to watch my food and drink, I've cut out drinking tea regularly and only have soda a few times a year.

I've had overactive bladder for over 15 years which has made me miserable because it has limited my life.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

What accomplishment are you proud of?

I can control my urges somewhat still. However, I leak after a couple of months.

I can control my urges somewhat still. However, I leak after a couple of months.

What advice would you give to someone living with Overactive Bladder?

Don't give up. There were many times I thought about taking the catheter option because of my life as I know it is over. I am overweight and 66, but I don't want to be confined, so I continue to fight.

Is there anything else we should know?

I am obese. I love to travel. I have six children, sixteen grandkids, and over five great-grandchildren who I love beyond measure. I suffer diabetes and depression.

Don't give up. There were many times I thought about taking the catheter option because of my life as I know it is over.

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