I have a good friend who always posts on Facebook about crohn's disease and advocates for those dealing with it, this friend also has crohn's. I decided to message her and tell how how great of posts and information she is posting and how I love learning about conditions and how I empathize with those who have conditions.
She replies,"I didn't know that! (And it's hard to be vocal...I still get embarrassed when people hear me use the bathroom!)"
I then reply and say I grew up with one and still have one that is embarrassing and how today I find it hard to find love because of it.
Out of curiosity she asks, "If you don't mind me asking, what is your condition?" I open up and tell her about growing up with stress incontinence up til high school and told her about 14 years ago my bedwetting came back.
She replies:"Our bodies are imperfect! I'm sorry to hear this. How are you managing it now? (If that's not too personal a question. ..totally ignore if it is.)"
I tell her I wear diapers to bed overnight and wet almost nightly.
Next message totally shocks me. She replies: "Me, too!, I remember being so ashamed when I was a teenager who was dealing with incontinence...that's what babies and old people have to do!"
I would have never thought besides her battling crohns disease that she would be incontinent. It felt so amazing to be open and to know that I have a friend who also deals with incontinence and wearing protection for it. I feel like this brought us closer.