Real Talk: Bladder & Bowel Conversations with Coloplast® Care

Real Talk: Bladder & Bowel Conversations with Coloplast® Care

The Real Talk: Bladder & Bowel Conversations podcast is brought to you by Coloplast® Care, a product and lifestyle educational support program for intermittent catheter and Peristeen® Plus Transanal Irrigation System users. Beginning to use an intermittent catheter or managing a neurogenic bowel may be challenging – you might have questions about your new routine, troubleshooting, and lifestyle – and we’re here to help. We believe having real, honest conversations about bladder and bowel management can improve wellness, reduce stigma and foster peer-to-peer support. Join us in conversations with community advocates and thought leaders to gain insights about lifestyle, products, and mindset. Let’s have a real talk. ***Information from Coloplast® Care is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice and should not be interpreted to contain treatment recommendations. You should rely on the healthcare professional who knows your individual history for personal medical advice and diagnosis.


July 27, 2023 27 mins

When you have to go, you have to go! Your intermittent catheter shouldn’t hold you back or make your bladder management routine difficult. Luckily, closed system intermittent catheters can be used from virtually anywhere with comfort and can make planning ahead easier, allowing you to focus on what’s important. During this episode, guest Bob Vogel will do a deep dive into closed system intermittent catheters for men, which are all-...

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The journey of life often includes obstacles, challenges, and difficulties – and there are many things that are out of our control. For Joe Delagrave, sustaining a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed nearly 19 years ago was an opportunity to foster the resilience and strength to continue pursuing his passions and regain his independence. For the first two years after Joe was injured, he needed the help of others to empty his...

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For Annijke Wade, mountain biking is more than a hobby, it’s an obsession – and it’s what she loves most in the world. A year and a half ago, Annijke rode on her favorite trail in Angel Fire, New Mexico – a route she’d completed more than sixty times – and lost control of her bike. The next thing she knew, she was on the ground and had lost feeling below her chest. Along with several broken bones and fractures, Annijke learned that...

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March 20, 2023 42 mins

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides lifelong healthcare services to eligible military veterans at approximately 1,700 VA medical centers and outpatient clinics across the country. While there are many similarities between VA medical centers and any other healthcare facility, there may be some differences accessing bladder and bowel management products through the VA. Guests Dave Merhar and Diana de Avila are veter...

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School-age children are busier than ever making friends, playing sports, and excelling in school – and for the Gagnon family, managing neurogenic bladder and bowel is another important aspect of their busy schedule. Luke Gagnon is an active 9-year-old who stays busy with multiple sports, friends, and school. He was also born with spina bifida and neurogenic bladder and bowel. Early in their journey, Luke’s parents helped him use an...

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The teenage years are often fraught with new challenges for parents, like navigating changing social and interpersonal dynamics, but for families managing neurogenic bladder and bowel the obstacles are multiplied. For Carolina, a Coloplast employee whose daughter Maya was born with spina bifida and neurogenic bladder and bowel, helping Maya independently manage her bladder and bowel routine and live a full life was a primary concer...

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November 1, 2022 37 mins

Intermittent catheterization shouldn’t get in the way of an active lifestyle, and neither should using a mobility device! Join guests Cheryl Angelelli, a 4-time Paralympic medalist in swimming and wheelchair ballroom dancer, and Neil Gustafson, a former USA Wheelchair Rugby and Texas Stampede Wheelchair Rugby athlete and Comfort Medical employee, who will share how they stay active on wheels and incorporate bladder management into ...

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September 26, 2022 21 mins

Over 150,000 Americans live with spina bifida, a birth defect that mainly affects the spine and can cause neurogenic bladder or bowel. Sarah was born with spina bifida at the L4/L5 and L5/S1 levels, resulting in a neurogenic bladder and bowel. Sarah has been using the Peristeen® Transanal Irrigation System since 2015 and has recently started using the updated Peristeen® Plus system. She will share her journey through treatment tech...

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September 26, 2022 22 mins

During this episode, guest Lori Neal will share her family’s bowel management journey after her son Julian was born with spina bifida. Early on, enemas were the only option available to manage Julian’s condition, and Lori recalls they were a nightmare. After they stopped working when Julian was five, Lori first tried to create a makeshift system to help her son, but this didn’t quite meet his needs. Desperation sent her to social m...

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September 5, 2022 25 mins

Being differently abled in the workplace can be challenging – you might face obstacles that make it difficult to achieve your full potential, which is why having the tools to advocate for yourself and your needs is so important. Guest Bianca Faith Johnson is an ambitious New York native who is also a lawyer, Master of Business Administration candidate, and ordained reverend. Since becoming a paraplegic at the T4/T6 level, Bianca ha...

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September 5, 2022 24 mins

Thomas Cloyd, a digital healthcare professional living in California, reflects on the road to independence after a spinal cord injury at the C5/C6 level left him quadriplegic. After his injury in 2012, Thomas went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and found a job in California away from his strong support network back home in Minnesota. Despite moving far fr...

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Nearly 1 million Americans live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and for many, the disease may cause bladder or bowel issues. MS warriors Julie Stamm and Diana de Avila join us to discuss how their diagnosis impacted bladder and bowel function, their journey exploring treatment options, and how they’ve adapted today. When Julie Stamm was diagnosed with MS in 2007, one of the most troubling symptoms was bladder dysfunction. After the i...

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August 10, 2022 42 mins

Adjusting to using an intermittent catheter can be difficult at the beginning – but it gets easier and can even improve quality of life and support independence. Join Bianca Faith Johnson and Thomas Cloyd as they share their catheterization journeys – from the initial shock of learning they’d have to use intermittent catheters, to how they were trained, and how they’ve incorporated it into their everyday routine. They’ll also share...

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The Real talk: Bladder & Bowel conversations podcast is brought to you by Coloplast® Care, a product and lifestyle educational support program for intermittent catheter and Peristeen® Plus Transanal Irrigation System users. Beginning to use an intermittent catheter or managing a neurogenic bowel may be challenging – you might have questions about your new routine, troubleshooting, and lifestyle – and we’re here to help. We beli...

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