The New Online Support Community for People with Incontinence
Managing incontinence is not easy and involves a conversation with others. Here at NorthShore, we treat every caller we get like a family member. We understand that the issue is difficult to manage, and even more difficult to speak about with a stranger.
Customers tell us that talking to someone (other than close family) about their temperamental bodily functions can be nerve wrecking. Conversations containing words like “leaking” “bowel movement” or “anus” can be difficult to talk about even when talking with a healthcare professional. Fortunately, there is now an online support community where people with incontinence and caregivers can go to discuss issues, thanks to The Simon Foundation for Continence.
The Foundation was created in 1982 by Cheryl B. Gartley. The Foundation provides support and resources for people across the world that experience incontinence and is dedicated to:
- Bringing the topic of incontinence out into the open
- Removing the stigma surrounding incontinence
- And providing help and hope for people with incontinence, their families, and the health professionals who provide their care
Elizabeth LaGro is the Vice President of Communications and Education Services for The Simon Foundation. In a recent interview, Elizabeth mentioned the need for this type of online community,
"We get calls from people looking for a support group in their community, and because people are reluctant to openly discuss their issues in front of people who they might know or work with, these just don't last or work out. So, we felt that Simon needed to address this need with an anonymous online community.”
The Online Community for People with Incontinence and Caregivers
The online community encourages friendly conversation and support where people with incontinence and their caregivers can:
- Engage with other people on array of health questions and concerns
- Read informative resources and educational materials
- Keep up to date with news in the healthcare field
How comfortable are you talking about incontinence? We understand it can be difficult, but know, that it's okay to talk about. There are wonderful organizations like The Simon Foundation that are helping people with incontinence every day. We strongly encourage anyone who is looking for support, or knows someone who may benefit from this community to visit the site and get to know others… it could change their life!