Bob Yant is the founder of Cure Medical, a company that manufactures urinary catheters (which I use). He also ensures his customers that “10 percent of our pretax profits are donated to medical research to develop a cure for spinal cord injuries and neurologic disorders.”
Bob Yant is also a catheter user.
I have been using the Cure straight catheters for at least a couple of years now, but this new knowledge that the founder of the company actually uses his own products, makes me view the company quite differently. Learning how to self-cath was probably one of the most challenging times in my life, and I felt I had practically no one to go to who could understand how I felt. Something that most children master within the first, say, five years of life (“potty training”) becomes a huge milestone for the new “self-cather.” By now, I have almost completely made my peace with self-cathing. Honestly, of all the secondary conditions of spina bifida that I dread, urinary incontinence is now pretty low on that list.
Despite my self-assurance with this, I look forward to, and yearn for the day when science will have a cure for spinal cord injuries, and when I can have full use of my muscles so I can control my body.
For now, at least, it is very reassuring to know who is on the other end. Not only is Bob Yant a catheter user; he also actively raises funds and has already donated $5 million towards finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Yant is also on the board of directors of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, who tirelessly promote paralysis research. And someday, we shall have a cure. Of that, I’m certain.
Until then, the urinary catheter shall remain what it is– a natural, normal part of my life.
I shall “talk” to you all tomorrow, probably after I get home from UCF.
Hasta mañana (and yes, Happy Valentine’s Day!),