Thanks to Depend for sponsoring today's discussion.
This subject can be hard to discuss as it does entail a fair amount of vulnerability on my part. One of the reasons I was so happy to be asked to work with the brand Depend on this post is because I think it’s time we stop being embarrassed about this part of life for many of us. It’s not just “old ladies” that have bladder leakage issues and it might surprise you, but Depend is not just worn by them either.
Having Lyme disease has made me more aware of how the illness effects me greatly.
Some symptoms of Lyme that I experience are:
Numbness in my extremities
Severe Vertigo (requiring hospitalization)
Severe Chronic Fatigue
Lyme has not been an easy road for me. It is even harder knowing that treatment is not readily available. These things I experience really are very debilitating and interfere with a normal quality of life.
I am gonna get a little personal here and I think it is important that I do. Having a blog allows me to talk about things that I think are important to get people discussing it. Bladder leakage effects millions of women (and men) of all ages and for many reasons. For me, it is most likely brought on by Lyme. Lyme disease can effect nearly every system in the body and one way it effects me is by making my nervous system a little, well, “nervous”, and it doesn’t always allow me to hold my bladder very well sometimes. There is actually a running joke between my husband and I and it goes like this;
Me: “Guess what I did today?”
Him: “Pee your pants, again?”
Me: *giggles* “No, but…”
That’s how often it happens to me. I am glad my husband an I can joke about it, but in all reality, if it was anyone but him that knew, I would be mortified. (I guess everyone knows now, but Oh well) I make sure to empty my bladder before I go anywhere because I am terrified it will happen to me in a store or when I am out and about. I have often though of buying Depend but I, like most people, thought to myself, “Oh I don’t have it THAT bad.” I mean, when I do have an accident, it isn’t like my entire bladder empties, so I figured Depend was not made for someone like me. I am glad to have learned through this post and campaign that I am wrong and that many women around my age wear them for numerous reasons.
Another thing that kind of had me skeptical is the fact that I thought they were bulky and like a diaper. Depend is not a big bulky adult diaper. I went to the store out of curiosity and they really are not much thicker than the menstrual pads I wear and I suspect no one would even know I was wearing one.
I guess what I am saying is, there really is no shame in wearing them for bladder leakage protection. I have gotten to that point in my life where I care less what people think and more about my own comfort. I think I will give them a try and not feel like I need to be worried about it while out and about, especially when I am experiencing a “flare” of my symptoms.
What’s great is, Depend has free samples available if you are not sure. Anyone can get them! Claim your free samples today by visiting the Depend landing page and clicking on the “Get a Sample” button located at the top right-hand side of the screen. Then, select which sample you would like to receive and wait for them to arrive.
I rambled on there, but I think it’s important that we talk about this. You don’t have to be embarrassed!
What’s also great about Depend is they currently have a campaign that is both fun and engaging to continue the story and discussion!
Depend will donate $1, up to $3 million, over the next three years to charities that advance the research, education and awareness of bladder leakage for:
-Every pant drop, photo and video shared Using #Underwareness and #DropYourPants; and
-Every personal video made about what Underwareness means to you that is uploaded to YouTube and tagged #Underwareness and #DropYourPants
For more information about the #DropYourPants and #Underwareness campaign, make sure you check out Depend’s website.
I would love feedback! What do you think of Depend? Does this change your misconceptions about it or bladder leakage protection in general? Do you have bladder leakage issues? Do you have Lyme? Feel free to respond anonymously if you are not comfortable revealing your name.
To read more about my Lyme journey and why treatment is difficult, please see my Lyme Treatment Page.