Many of you may already know me however if you’ve not met me let me tell you a little bit about my journey into pediatric pelvic health.
It all started after treating many adults with urinary and fecal incontinence. I was asked by a urologist to treat a child he was seeing with vesicle ureteral reflux which is a condition where urine backs up into the kidneys and causes kidney damage. This particular child was on a kidney transplant list. I knew nothing about this diagnosis and so I took it upon myself to go to surgery with this physician and learn as much as I could to help them.
Along this journey I discovered that the children I was treating for urinary leakage during the day also became dry at night however that was not what I was treating them for. I decided to investigate this and developed a program to address daytime and nighttime wetting with children. As this progressed it became very evident that constipation played a large role in urinary leakage both daytime and nighttime. In fact, constipation was so severe in some children they had to have a colostomy bag in order to give their bowel “rest”. YIKES!!! This was shocking to me. I knew I needed to do more.
Parents are desperately looking for support, solutions and education to help their children.
I imagined what it would feel like for children to have a feeling of empowerment and control over their own bodies. The idea of preventing the devastating social and emotional effects of urinary and/or fecal leakage and giving kiddos back the feeling of control was so powerful that I couldn’t help but pursue it. To this day I wake up every day loving what I do more than I did as a new graduate over 38 years ago!