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How Men's Liberty Helped Me Overcome Travel Anxiety

Posted by Sam Turner on Oct 6, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Phyllis Turner Grand CanyonPhoto by Phyllis Turner

I’ll admit that wearing the Men’s Liberty external catheter caused me some degree of anxiety when I started using it last year. I’m not one to follow directions once I’ve read the first paragraph. By July of this year, however, I find that I am navigating the learning curve with some success. (I’m sure that Wendy breathes a sigh of relief!)

My most recent level of travel anxiety was raised when we drove from Tucson to Grand Canyon. Having never experienced long-distant driving with my catheter, I was anxious about finding rest stops or turn-outs as needed.

The last time I drove over a hundred miles, I was using an absorbent. I took a wrong turn which caused a ten-minute delay in arrival time. That extra ten minutes was catastrophic! When we arrived at our friend’s house in Casa Grande everything was soaked.

Fortunately, I brought an extra change of clothes.

Fortunately, our hostess had laundry facilities.

Fortunately, we had time for lunch at their home while my clothes were run through her laundry. Although we hadn’t seen each other for four years and wanted to catch up on family history, the lunch conversation centered on the problems of incontinence, absorbents and pre-planning trips like the one that day. Our host was interested.

I knew nothing about catheters at that time. All I knew was that pads and diapers were restricting my life. Maybe he was thinking about his future?

Now, over a year later, I was hoping for a more successful experience. With one-hundred-plus degrees temperature, I looked to overcome travel anxiety; I wore cargo shorts and had my trusty Men’s Liberty attached. If worse came to emergency, I could always pull over, open the driver’s door, stick my left leg out and pull the plug. I wouldn’t even need to find a bush!

Our greatest level of anxiety was because of the I-10 shooter! He was still on the loose taking pot shots at moving vehicles when we drove north. We decided to turn off just north of Casa Grande and take the 101 loop around Phoenix. Stopping on this freeway loop wasn’t going to be easy. Therefore, before we reached I-17, we found a Circle-K for a restroom break.   We stopped again on the Black Canyon Highway at Rock Springs for pie ala mode. Our level of concern was not so much for a restroom, but choosing from their selection of eighteen different pies!

From Rock Springs, up Black Canyon, through Verde Valley passing Oak Creek Canyon and climbing 7,000 feet to Flagstaff, then east to Parks (along old Route 66) I was anxiety-free. In Parks, we stayed with friends. Being a retired doctor of internal medicine, and my roommate at Pepperdine College, Don and I caught up on our health history. I had seen him only once since my prostatectomy. We discussed incontinence and some of the solutions. I demonstrated Men’s Liberty. When the four of us traveled to Grand Canyon for the day I was able to show the efficiency of the catheter. The only anxiety we experienced was finding shelter during a sudden rain shower at Yavapai Point.

After ten days of travel and a safe trip home, I can give my Men’s Liberty External Catheter a rating of EXCELLENT. At no time was there cause for anxiety.

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Coming Out Of The (Catheter) Closet

Posted by Sam Turner on Sep 28, 2015 12:30:00 PM

For men who are sixty and over, about one in four have problems with incontinence. The surprising thing is that some of these men won’t even discuss the problem with their doctor.

1. “What is that?” a fellow member of my exercise club asks as I step away from the urinal.

He is looking at my Men’s Liberty External catheter.man_towel_CMYK_1_thumb

“I’m incontinent and this is my external reservoir.”

“Good God! I would just die before I had to have one of those!”

“ I take it you aren’t having prostate problems, yet?”

2. Hi Sam.

“Hi David.” (David and I taught school together in the 60’s.)

We are standing in the parking lot after having dinner at a well known east-side Mexican restaurant.

“This is my wife, Yolanda.”

“How do you do, Yolanda? It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

“Are you still writing,” she asks.

“Yes. I’m writing a Blog for Men’s Liberty External catheters.”

“Oh, and what is that?” Yolanda asks.

“It’s for men who are incontinent,” I say as I lift up my cargo shorts cuff enough for the bag to show.

“How interesting,” says Yolanda. “Do they make them for women, too?”

“Unfortunately, no, but they’re working on it.”

3. “You write a blog?” Alex is the technician helping me with a tablet problem.

“Yes. I write for Men’s Liberty External Catheter. You’ve heard of that company?”

“No. What’s that?”

I rotate on my stool where he can see the drain plug on my Liberty just peeking out from my cargo pants. “This takes care of any leaking I may have.”

“My father has that problem. He has to wear a diaper.”

“I used to wear absorbents like your father, but I found this catheter to be more reliable.”

Adult_Diapers_Meme_14. With friends at Wisdom’s Mexican Café near Tubac: ”George could use one of those!”

“Would he need a doctor’s prescription, Sam?”

“ Yes. Once Bio Derm has the prescription, they will ship a thirty-day supply covered by Medicare. Men’s Liberty will explain how to use it.”

5. Nurse Practitioner – annual in-house examination (through United Health HMO) for both my wife and me: “I need a urine sample, Sam.”

I take the cup, lift my cuff, pop the catheter plug and fill her cup.

“Wow! Is this a foley? “


“A condom catheter?”

“No. Let me show you a sample package.”

6. Romance Writers of America meeting: - 28 females; 3 males - “Sam, please report on your writing progress.”

“I never knew when I joined RWA that I would be writing for BioDerm Corporation promoting Men’s Liberty External Catheters. But that’s what I’m doing, folks. I write a monthly blog for them. So far, I don’t have a novel titled, The Romance of the External Catheter but stick around. It may just happen! (Much laughter!)

7. Dermatologist: “Yes, on occasion, I have patients who have a rash from wet pads. They need to change them regularly.”

Sam: “Here’s a sample of Men’s Liberty External Catheters. You might want to try this with your next patient. The contact site is on the package.”

What’s the similarity between the new portable oxygen concentrators and Men’s Liberty External Catheters?

No embarrassment.

One you can see the unit. (…and everyone knows what you are wearing.)

One you can’t see and no one knows you are wearing the unit; you aren’t worried about your absorbent leaking…and Medicare accepts both units!

Why do I mention these encounters? If learning about Men’s Liberty External Catheter helps one person, it’s worth it.

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The Link Between Prostate Cancer and Urinary Incontinence

Posted by Mens Liberty on Sep 23, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Hello everyone. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of this month we have prepared an infographic to share with you that illustrates the link between prostate cancer and urinary incontinence! Check it out below:


If you are interested in learning more about prostate cancer check out our article, Learning the Signs and Risk Factors of Prostate Cancer. See you next time!

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A Broken Cord - Part #1

Posted by Caleb Bartlett on Sep 21, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Did you know it costs, on average, $100,000 a year to live with a spinal cord injury? Yes, you read that correctly. I am not referring to normal living expenses either. That figure you see there refers to everything we need to stay alive like a wheelchair, proper cushions, chair maintenance, medical supplies, medication, doctor visits & tests, therapy, personal care assistants and more depending on your level of injury and current health. Also, another important factor is that despite being college-educated many spinal cord injury survivors cannot work in their given fields which means dependence upon some form of government program like SSID, Medicare or Medicaid. If they can work, are already wealthy or landed some sort of insurance settlement they have to buy a comprehensive insurance package and pay for some things out of pocket. Consider a few important facts...

1. Currently there are 1.5 million people world-wide living with spinal cord injury.

2. Of that 1.5 million, 450,000 reside in the United States.money_pile

3. The average yearly cost of living with a spinal cord injury is $100,000.

4. That is $45 BILLION a year in insurance expense.

5. I have been in a wheelchair for 21 years.                           

6. I have cost Medicaid and my private carrier a minimum of $2,100,000 in total.

That's a hell of a price tag for catching the wrong angle of the bottom of a swimming pool.

Now let's think a few things through. Those are numbers here in the U.S. and as they relate to me. What is the total cost world-wide? If you said $150 billion you are right. That is a lot of money. That is a very large amount of money by any standard. Let's put it into a more detailed perspective... in Fact #4 I quote a figure of $45 billion. In 2014 technology giant Apple posted a quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion. Yes, that is an annual revenue of $168.4 billion. Now put that up next to the total cost per year of spinal cord injury at $150 billion. This means that the total amount of money spent on spinal cord injury a year is almost equivalent to the annual profit of a Fortune 500 company!

I, along with my fellow brothers and sisters in chairs, have been told by the medical establishment that the reason there is no cure for spinal cord injury is because it is not common enough to warrant a major investment because there is such a very little return on investment. WHHHAATTT???!! Ok, aside from the morally wrong attitude, that's some pretty piss-poor accounting because somebody... somewhere... has their chunk of $150 billion (if not more) sitting in the bank while they check their stock portfolio on their Apple iPad from a beach in Bora Bora!

There's no money in spinal cord injury. I call Bullsh-t. Stay tuned... more on this in the coming months.

Thanks for reading.

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury with Caleb

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month! (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Sep 17, 2015 12:00:00 PM

As some of you may already know, September is prostate cancer awareness month. This is a very important time of year as an estimated 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime! As scary as that sounds, it also means that it is a very common diagnosis and if caught early and treated properly; the success rate is high. So what are you waiting for? check out the video below and don’t forget to make an appointment with your doctor and get your annual prostate screening!

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The Link Between Prostate Heath and Football

Posted by Mens Liberty on Sep 14, 2015 1:00:00 PM

A recent survey found nearly 75 percent of men watch professional football at least once a week, but only about half could remember their last trip to the doctor.

american_football_leagueSeptember is the first full month of football season, but did you know it’s also National Prostate Health Month?

So we are urging all men to use the kickoff of football season this year to kick off a new annual routine, Get in touch with your doctor and speak to them about prostate screening exams.

Not everyone is going to need a prostate exam immediately; however, beginning at age 40 all men should starting talking to their doctor about the benefits and limitations of prostate screening.

To make sure you have a winning approach to your prostate health, here are a few tips from Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, Co-Director of The PUR Clinic - Personalized Urology & Robotics - at South Lake Hospital, in affiliation with Orlando Health:

Play an active role - Prostate cancer is the number one most common cancer in men. Ignoring your health is like choosing to remain on the sidelines and puts you in an un-winnable situation.

Huddle with your coach - If you’re the quarterback of your health, your doctor is the coach. You should meet and strategize often, yet a recent study showed one in eight men went an entire year without going to the doctor once.

Have a game plan - When prostate cancer is caught in its earliest stages, the 5 year survival rate is nearly 100 percent. When it comes to prostate health and screenings, there can be some confusion and it helps to develop a game plan. Know your family history and understand your risks.

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Three Unexpected Things That Cause Incontinence in Men (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Sep 7, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Welcome back everyone. This week we are going to talk about three unexpected things that cause incontinence. Some of these things even surprised us! Check out the video below and don't forget to leave your questions and comments.

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Topics: Video Blogs

Science Update - Non-invasive Prostate Treatment (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Sep 2, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Wendy is back to share a science update, researchers at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Virginia tested a new non-invasive option for treating men with enlarged prostate (often called BPH). This could dramatically reduce complications, including incontinence. Check out the video below!

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Wee Answer Wednesday: Even More of Your Questions for Men's Liberty

Posted by Mens Liberty on Aug 26, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Welcome back, can you believe we have been running the "Wee Answer Wednesday" series for a year and a half now? Time sure does fly. In this week's video, Wendy addresses 3 questions from Men's Liberty users. Check it out below and keep the questions and comments coming. Have a great week!

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Your Hospital Check List Amended (Video)

Posted by Mens Liberty on Aug 13, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Welcome back everyone! As you may remember, several months ago we released a "checklist" on what steps you should take when being discharged from the hospital. Well a recent article published by Slate Magazine revealed a few items we may have missed, so we are back with a new, revised list. Check it out below and don’t forget to leave your questions and comments.

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