If you use catheters or care for someone who does, you’re always on the lookout for great resources, support and products that make your life easier as you go out and do the things you love to do. A new online community, Bard Care, provides all of the above along with friendly community ambassadors who help guide your way.
The site also gives you the opportunity to connect with their community to learn from others who may experience challenges familiar to you every day.
What You’ll Discover at Bard Care
A quick visit to the Bard Care community will introduce you to:
- testimonials from people just like you, on what products work best for them, and that may work for you also
- encouragement through inspirational stories of people living successful lives with their specific condition whether that is spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, or spina bifida
- ongoing support for your questions via the Bard Care Link customer support program
- training and educational materials for patients including instructional videos on how to use Bard products
- clinical articles from the medical professional community
You can customize your experience on the Bard Care site according to your specific condition or area of interest.
Who Contributes to the Bard Care Community
Members of the Bard Care Community come from all walks and wheels of life. Some of them have chosen to share their unique points of view as they go out and do the things they love to do and offer support to the lives they touch. You can follow their stories on bardcare.com as well as discover ways to engage and ﬁnd out what events are happening in your local community through their events calendar.
Bard Care community contributors include:
Leslie Ostrander probably has more reason than most people to feel sorry for herself. But she doesn’t. She feels immensely blessed!
This 40-year-old mother of two was just four years old when she was in a life-altering car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist-down and impaired the mobility of her hands. It’s understandable that she might have dark moments, though they are far and few and are outweighed by the bright ones. Leslie can do all things for herself. She is totally 100 percent independent, although things like dressing and showering take a lot of time.
Leslie has had the confidence to pursue things that others might not think she would be capable of. For instance, she met her husband while snow skiing and she participated in the 1993 Miss Columbus pageant, where she was named Miss Congeniality. She’s also published a book, a memoir chronicling her path to personal growth. She had two healthy pregnancies and two active boys, Dylan and Clay.
Leslie has a speaking career where she finds herself at church groups and corporations, touching on topics such as not making excuses, getting away from negative self-talk and how fear can be more disabling than physical limitations. The highlight of her speaking career was when she shared her story with hundreds of wounded warriors from Fort Benning’s Warrior Transition Battalion. She’s never been in the shoes of a wounded Soldier and cautioned that telling her story is only to illustrate examples of resiliency.
She’s not looking for pity – she doesn’t have room in her life for that. Her positive outlook, born of hard-won resiliency, encourages others to look beyond their limitations to see their potential.
Adversity is where champions are born. David Wagner has had his fair share of hard days. It was in his darkest moments that David became unstoppable, unshakeable, and unforgettable. Ranked #1 Quad Tennis player in the world, David Wagner has a remarkably mature perspective on taking on challenges. His life has taught him the truth of the old adage that “the strongest steel is forged in the hottest fires”. Beneath his handsome good looks is an intense competitor!
David was a collegiate level tennis player prior his injury in August 1995. Paralyzed from the chest down and having only limited hand function, David has discovered the unique skills on the tennis court that surpass any expectations. His understanding of the game is instinctive. Just a glimpse at his tennis highlights will confirm that he is an elite athlete. In 2010 and 2011 David was the U.S. Open Singles and Doubles Champion. He is currently ranked #1 in the world in Quad Singles and ranked #1 World in Quad Doubles. He has also been one of the top 3 players in the world since 2002!
None of David’s achievements have come easy. It’s been a long, arduous path. David turned tennis pro in 2001. He currently resides in The Olympic Training Center at Chula Vista, California. David is no different than any other Olympic hopeful. His training is a full-time job and can consume more than eight hours a day. When he’s not training David is working diligently to pursue his dream of winning another gold at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Winning gold is nothing new to him. In 2004, 2008, and 2012 Paralympics, David brought home the gold medal in the Quad Doubles and medaled in the Singles.
Hours and hours of training sets David apart from other athletes. He also logs in over 125,000 travel miles a year! David’s success is the culmination of years of training, lots of hard work, perseverance, speed, agility and lots of spirited grit. His passion is tennis!
David joined the Bard Care community to share his experiences to encourage others. His passion for tennis, life, and adventure is true motivation! David is committed to nothing but the best. He aggressively pursues the finest skills needed to propel his athletic career. He is dissatisfied with anything less. Not only does he pursue perfection, he craves it. The name “David Wagner” is synonymous with two other words, “Gold Medal”.
Natalie at the age of 24, became a quadriplegic. On October 22, 2004, a catastrophic accident changed her life when a 600 pound exercise weight machine fell over and landed on top of Natalie. She was working as a physical therapist assistant and licensed massage therapist at the time of the injury.
Since 2004, with her strong faith in God, and support from her parents, family and friends, Natalie has been dedicated to intense rehabilitation and recovery therapy in Atlanta, GA at the Shepherd Center and many other excellent recovery facilities that practice Integrative Manual Therapy, offering the hope of walking again. Natalie’s dream has been to start a foundation in her community to not only encourage and advocate for people but also help them get money the expensive specialized medical care they may need.
Natalie founded the Wheels with Wings Foundation. The Foundation became a vision and personal goal of Natalie early on in her injury while experiencing how challenging it can be to obtain critical items such as intense rehabilitation therapy, home modifications, and other equipment which is needed as a result of a spinal cord injury. It was established in Buffalo, New York, and is a recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Wheels with Wings Foundation’s Mission is to assist individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury and their families, to Rise Above and recover from this catastrophic injury. Individual grant awards, education, resources, awareness and advocacy are ways Wheels With Wings will work on improving the lives of people with this injury to become independent and productive and truly make a difference.
Natalie’s journey continues to move forward beyond her own traumatic injury by continuing to help people. She is now in the beginning development stages of working with others to open up a state-of-the-art spinal cord recovery institute in Western New York where it is desperately needed & can help many people. Her dream is to create a unique one-of-a-kind facility that will help other people rise above their injuries similar to the way she has in her own life.
With her faith in God, support from family, friends, and the community, Natalie works hard to overcome tragedy and use her experience to make a difference in other people’s lives!
How You Can Get Involved
To keep posted on the latest news and resources available through the Bard Care community, get connected by joining Bard Care at www.BardCare.com/community. You’ll receive email updates with the latest news, information, events and stories that matter to you.
About Bard Care
For over 100 years, Bard Medical Division has been developing , manufacturing and marketing disposable medical devices and catheters for urological and continence care applications.
The all silicone MAGIC3® Intermittent catheter line is the latest example of our commitment to providing innovative solutions to address the needs of consumers, caregivers and clinicians. It is a hydrophilic catheter that offers a touch-free insertion sleeve for easier handling and an exclusive 3 layer design for comfortable, easy and reliable catheterization. The all-silicone construction is soft and designed to be gentle on delicate urethral tissue.