Stop stigma of in­con­ti­nence with hu­mour

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE EVENTS -

CO­ME­DI­ANS are com­ing to town to help spread the word that most blad­der, bowel and pelvic floor prob­lems can be helped or even cured.

The Melbourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val Road­show, fea­tur­ing co­me­dian Bev Kil­lick, is com­ing to Caloun­dra on May 15 and we can help your com­mu­nity to Laugh With­out Leak­ing.

The Con­ti­nence Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia be­lieves hu­mour is a great way to over­come the stigma of in­con­ti­nence and get peo­ple talk­ing about their blad­der, bowel and pelvic floor prob­lems.

That is why they have part­nered with the Melbourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val Road­show as it jour­neys across Aus­tralia for the next three months, spread­ing the good news that the ma­jor­ity of in­con­ti­nence cases can be helped or even cured.

Ac­tress and co­me­dian Bev Kil­lick is the face of the Con­ti­nence Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia’s Laugh With­out

Leak­ing cam­paign.

Bev has lived with con­ti­nence-re­lated prob­lems her en­tire life and has turned her predica­ment into a ca­reer. Toi­let hu­mour is a par­tic­u­lar spe­cialty of Bev’s stand-up rou­tine.

“We all know laugh­ter is the best medicine. I of­ten have peo­ple come up to me af­ter a show and say ‘I laughed so hard, I wet my pants’. As a co­me­dian, that’s a great com­pli­ment, but now I feel I also have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to tell oth­ers that you can still have a good laugh with­out leak­ing,” Bev said.

“We know that many peo­ple laugh off their leak­ing as a nor­mal part of get­ting older or af­ter hav­ing a baby. But it is not nor­mal and has a se­ri­ous neg­a­tive im­pact on daily life for mil­lions of women, men and chil­dren,” Con­ti­nence Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia CEO Rowan Cock­erell said.

If you are in­ter­ested in a free talk for your com­mu­nity group about good blad­der, bowel and pelvic floor health, please con­tact Rae on qld.hpo@con­ti­nence. org.au or (07) 3723 5012.

Go to laugh­with­out leak­ing.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FUNNY: Bev Kil­lick.

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