Elaine Miller is helping break the stigma associated with incontinence and seeking medical help by helping us laugh. Ms Miller is a physiotherapist and after have three children, she found herself incontinent. She found help, but realized that many people don't seek help for their symptoms. "The only place I knew where nothing was taboo was on a comedy stage, so, I wrote Gusset Grippers, a show about pelvic floors. My hope was the audience would leave knowing what a pelvic floor is and where to take theirs if they wanted to laugh, but not leak.
Making socially cohesive groups guffaw about awkward topics makes them talk, share experiences, gain empathy and, hopefully, encourage each other to seek help."
My family members who have incontinence have also used humor to help get past the embarrassment, and to talk to their doctors and friends about it. While this may not help everyone, being able to find ways to talk about difficult topics by using some humor may help some.
You may want to read more about Ms Miller and where she will be performing in Scotland, how to follow her on Twitter and about her website. theguardian.com/healthcare-...