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Patient Success Story

Several surgeries had left Imogene Reynolds with a urinary incontinence condition. She took medication for months to try to control it, but unfortunately saw little change. Then, her doctor told her about the Confident Living Program at Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan.

"Many individuals don't realize treatments are available," said Vee Thaker, supervisor of Rehabilitation Services at Saint John Hospital. "They think they have to live with the problem of incontinence."

Reynolds started the program in April and saw progress right away. She learned to retrain her bladder and pelvic-floor muscles, schedule toileting and use biofeedback to treat her condition. She faithfully did the exercises and kept track of what she ate and drank. This helped identify what foods irritated her bladder.

For Reynolds, the program was a great success.

"It has made a huge difference in my life," Reynolds said. "I saw progress right away."

She's continued to do the exercises. She's also careful not to drink excessive fluids and to avoid foods that irritate the bladder.

"I thought I would have to wear pads the rest of my life," she said. "People just don't know that programs like this are out there."