Health & Fitness: Incontinence: The Last of the Closet Issues

Incontinence is being recognized as a treatable condition

Ten years ago, a tumor was discovered on Paul LaPorte's spine. It was benign, but it caused a symptom that he kept a darker secret than he would have had the diagnosis been terminal cancer. The growth pressed on the nerves to his bladder, causing it to empty unexpectedly. Surgery seemed too risky, and LaPorte's life became consumed by the harrowing effort to hide his embarrassing condition. He quit jobs and refused advancement. "One employer wanted to promote me to a sales position that meant traveling all over Canada," recalls LaPorte, now 36 and a factory worker in Windsor, Ont. "I...

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