Success for Leslie: No Time to Worry
Wake up. Let the dogs out. Drop the kids off at school. Go to work or run some errands—or both. Most parents can relate to the routine hustle and bustle of daily life with school-age children, but few can comprehend such a busy lifestyle while being paralyzed from the waist down.
Leslie Ostrander—married mother of two boys, writer, motivational speaker, advocate for the disabled, and a C-7 quadriplegic since a car accident when she was only four years old—is active by any standard.
She met her husband while she was on a ski trip. He was an instructor with experience in adaptive sports. “The first thing Aaron ever said to me was, ‘Nice wheels, babe!’” she laughs. "It didn't take long before he introduced me to other sports, from tubing to wheelchair racing." They also enjoy some more relaxing pursuits, such as fishing and boating on the Gulf of Mexico and camping with their sons.
Whatever the activity, Leslie does not want to waste time worrying about emptying her bladder. “When I was a child, the only option was to use indwelling catheters,” she recalls. “Like so many people with paralysis, I had more than my share of urinary tract infections.” Eventually, intermittent self-catheterization became available, providing a better option for consumers.
Leslie has experienced the evolution of the technology firsthand, and today she favors the innovative Magic3® catheter because of its comfort and convenience. It combines the benefits of an all-silicone design and packaging for easy handling, comfort and convenience.
When she’s out and about, the closed system gives her freedom. “The sterile, single-use packages are discreet and easy to use, whether I’m at a campsite or a shopping center,” says Leslie. “I can put catheterization out of my mind and instead focus on family, friends and the things that matter most.”