Pushing the Boundaries - Tips for travelling with continence issues

by Layla Blackwell

Pushing The Boundaries

I recently went on the third road trip I have been on in my adult life and played in my third basketball competition.

It’s weekends like this that make me feel like I'm really living.

That said, such road trips cause concerns about dealing with my continence issues. I pack for the weekend like I'm going for a week! I bring back up outfits for my back up outfits. Enough toiletries to kit out my whole team and I still panic!

What if a problem happens in the car or during a game?

It's always a concern that's in the back of my mind. That said, however, I usually handle it. I eat plain food and drink the minimum. I bring an emergency change of outfit and use the bathroom at every opportunity. In the past, such fears kept me isolated at home. So going on trips is a big deal for me.

It was a weekend that was both physically and mentally demanding. I had to literally push my body as hard as I could through three games.

There's something about fighting alongside some of the best people you know that lets you exceed the limits of what you think is possible. 

As well as hard work, there was banter, stories and laughter. Memories that will last a lifetime. No matter the challenges that face me, with their help, I can excel. 

Now I know how it feels like to be a part of something more, to have more opportunities and hope for the future. Hope is an empty suitcase waiting to be filled.

Tips for travelling with continence issues:

  • Pack extra outfits
  • Don’t forget your toiletries and bring extras of those too!
  • Eat plain food and don’t over-do it on the fluids
  • Use the bathroom at every opportunity
Layla Blackwell

About the author

Layla Blackwell is a wheelchair basketball player, volunteer, student, sometimes writer and black cat owner. Born with Cerebral Palsy, she is a wheelchair user that tries to live life to the fullest. Team member for the Scottish Women Warriors, she tries to be an advocate for other disabled women and children with disabilities. You can follow her on Twitter @BlackwellLayla.

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