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: 14

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Day 14

First day back at work! Now that I cath three times a day, I had no option but to face doing it at work. I located a disabled toilet that I wanted to use because it had a sink and it was nearby thankfully, so I didn’t’ have to walk too far to get to it.

When it was time to self-catheterise, I felt very self-conscious and worried now I was at work. I was so embarrassed about taking my bag to the bathroom. I take ages too. I wonder what my colleagues will think when this keeps happening…