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"Back to living life out loud."
Two years after the birth of her third child, Kelly began to experience bowel control issues. What started as simply increased urgency very quickly progressed to full-on accidents with no warning – as often as five times a week.
Before the episodes began, Kelly had been an active, outgoing person, who loved to run, swim and perform on stage.
“It was a tough road for an extrovert and performer like me,” Kelly says. “Instead of running marathons, I ran in the woods to hide my accidents. Instead of swimming with my three kids, I sat on the shore. Instead of stepping on a stage, I stayed in the audience.”
Kelly avoided leaving the house, packed extra clothes when she had to and often avoided eating altogether. Three times she was hospitalized for malnutrition.
After a series of tests revealed her sphincter muscle was barely working, Kelly learned about neurostimulation. An external trial device was so promising, Kelly immediately knew she wanted the long-term, implantable device. “The moment the system was turned on I began to regain control,” she says. “I felt like a new person. For the first time in more than a year, it seemed possible that I could get back to living life out loud, instead of constantly holding myself back.”
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