It does not have to be an embarrassing secret any longer. Incontinence affects over 25 million Americans in the United States, and thousands of people who are incontinent are also under 50. I am currently 48, and I suffer from urinary incontinence, due to diabetic neuropathy that has affected the nerves in my bladder. I was diagnosed with this condition approximately two years ago.
Managing my blood sugar levels has helped alleviate some of the symptoms of my condition, which primarily consist of strong, uncontrollable urges to urinate that result in involuntary emptying of my bladder. However, I still must wear at least two to four adult diapers per day to manage the symptoms of my urinary incontinence.
I am not ashamed nor embarrassed about having to wear adult diapers in the least any more. Wearing them has just become a part of my daily routine. It has become as natural and normal as any part of my daily routine, such as showering, shaving, getting dressed, and so on.
If you or anyone you know suffers from incontinence, just know that you are not alone. In fact, incontinence is a very common and treatable condition. It does not have to limit your life. It does not have to control you. It's just another medical problem that can be overcome. The first step comes by discussing your symptoms with your doctor. Believe me, I was extremely embarrassed at first to talk to my doctor, but he was kind and empathic, and I am certain that he's heard about this condition hundreds of times.
I just want everyone to know that you can overcome medical conditions like this with self-esteem, self-confidence, and courage. There needs be no stigma attached to incontinence.