So September is Urology Awareness Month! Can I give a shout out to my Show Girls who actually told me about this because (hand on face) I didn’t realise it was this month!
What is Urology Awareness Month?
This is a month that is dedicated to raise awareness of Urological Disease and face the stigma that is sometimes associated with urological conditions. It is to encourage people to actively take care of their urology health, raising awareness of conditions, symptoms, and treatments.
The Urology Foundation has organized this event and plans to shine a spotlight on urology conditions. These include prostate cancer, kidney damage, incontinence, bladder cancer, testicular cancer, Kidney stones, interstitial Cystitis and Urinary Tract Infections.
It is estimated that 1 in 2 of us will be affected by a urology condition in our lifetime. They are becoming more prevalent and devastating the lives of millions of men, women, and children in the UK.
How to get Involved?
- Share your Story – If you have been affected by the Urological disease of any kind please share your story and email this to the address above.
- Fundraise – The foundation is not just to do with raising awareness but it is also about striving to improve the care and treatment received by urology patients by investing in research and specialist training for urologists and nurses.
- Big 5 Challenge – Aims to raise £60,000 to fund vital research. You can choose your challenge. Whether it is over the 30 days, an epic idea for an event or lots of little challenges throughout the month. Join the Big 5 team and create your fundraising page over at EverydayHero
So please look out for the Urology Foundation and Urology Awareness Month on social media and SHARE SHARE SHARE!!!. Let’s start breaking down the stigma around Urology conditions and for people to start addressing any symptoms they might have and seek medical attention.
So let me start and say a bit about my urological story!
I have Pure Autonomic Failure which caused my bladder to fail and retain urine at 21 (9 years ago) This involved me first self-catheterizing, urethral catheter then having a Supra-Pubic Catheter (SPC) for 7 years before I had my bladder removed and an ileal Conduit (Urostomy) formed 2 years ago. The best decision I ever did. I also have an Ileostomy due to my bowel failing.
Before I had my Urostomy I felt alone with my SPC and struggled with it so much. It is IMPORTANT for us to talk about urological problems to break stigma and help anybody struggle not to feel alone and face problems straight on!! :)