Jackie Rector, a mom and grandmother with five children and ten grandchildren, was 50 when she was hospitalized with an E. coli infection. During her hospital stay her doctors told her she had overactive bladder (OAB), the most common cause of urinary incontinence in adults.
"The night that I was taken to the hospital, I lost all control of my bladder," recalls Jackie. For two years afterward, Jackie had to catheterize herself every four hours and use urinary incontinence products (absorbent pads and diapers) to manage her symptoms. Even when she no longer needed the catheter, she still had to rely on these products because her symptoms persisted. Things became so bad for Jackie that she would go through 36 adult diapers in a week.
Jackie's experience with OAB changed her life dramatically. Feeling embarrassed and overwhelmed by the medical and personal care demands of her condition, Jackie stopped participating in activities she enjoyed, such as attending church and volunteering for her church's youth group. At the time of her diagnosis, Jackie still had one son living with her. He played basketball and Jackie loved going to his games; however, she felt unable to watch him play for fear of having an accident. She limited her wardrobe to primarily dark clothes, which she felt would better mask an accident should one occur.
During one of Jackie's monthly doctor visits, her urologist suggested she try SANCTURA® (trospium chloride) tablets. She experienced an improvement in her OAB symptoms. Now she uses fewer incontinence products, and has been able to resume many of her normal activities. She feels better able to attend church and social functions and to participate in family activities. Jackie reports she is now able to appreciate the "little things" − like recently attending one of her grandson's soccer games.