Belinda's story

My name is Belinda. I would describe myself as a personal assistant, singer and a caring, sensitive, friendly and happy person. Unfortunately, since I was young, bladder infections have also been a big part of my life.

I’ve been back and forward to doctors and hospitals, took tablets, had injections, was x-rayed and participating in various tests and surgeries. Eventually I was diagnosed with urinary retention (the cause is unknown). My bladder hasn’t been emptying properly for years, which was leading to the infections. I was shown a technique of pressing on my body to help more urine come out from my bladder.

The objective of cathing for me is to try and reduce my bladder infections, because emptying my bladder fully and regularly will stop urine stagnating and allowing bacteria to grow. I have also been told it might retrain my bladder muscle to work by itself again, but no guarantees.

I don’t like the idea of cathing much, but at the same time I feel optimistic about this simple opportunity to improve my situation and get rid of these endless infections!

Click, hold and drag along the timeline below to scroll through Belinda’s story (day 1 to day 1028)

Day: 1039

Day 1028

Day 1039

Back from Dubai. What an amazing trip! 

Only low point was on the return journey back to the UK. A passenger was knocking on the door impatiently, which upset me. When I opened the door they were showing signs of great impatience, very grumpy and nasty. I slunk back to my seat, but sat there fuming for the rest of the flight, thinking of all the things I could have said. 

Next time I’ve promised myself I will say something, tell them the truth and put them in their place. I’ve finally realised there’s really nothing for me to be ashamed of.