The first time Emma Carey wet her pants, she was incredibly embarrassed, refusing to leave the house in fears people would find out.
The 25-year-old is known as ‘the girl who fell from the sky’ after a horrific skydiving accident in 2013 left her paralysed from a severe spinal cord injury.
After years of surgery and physiotherapy, Emma has made a miraculous recovery and despite the odds, is able to walk again – something she’s been blogging about in the years since her accident.
However, Emma still lives with a number of lasting effects from her injury, one of which is being, “completely incontinent with both my bladder and bowels.”
Having overcome the shame she used to feel about it, Emma recently shared a photo of her daily experience living with incontinence to her Instagram page, where she’s being widely praised.
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“My bladder can only hold 100mL before it leaks. That’s less than half a cup of liquid, so as you can probably imagine this means I am peeing myself literally non-stop.”
She went on to spread an empowering message to help others overcome their ‘flaws’ by encouraging them to stop worrying about what people think of them.
“Just because we have grown up to believe that certain things are taboo or shouldn’t be spoken about, doesn’t mean that they are. Just because people think you should feel embarrassed about something, doesn’t mean you need to. Just because people might judge you on a certain thing, doesn’t mean you need to care,” She prompted.
Since the accident, Emma has become a beacon of hope, passionate about raising awareness about the effects of spinal cord injuries and other disabilities along with helping others cope with them.
You can read more of Emma’s story and recovery here.