When Opportunity Knocks . . . Start the Conversation

There are moments in life when opportunity falls right in your lap. For me, it was at the Madison airport in Wisconsin. I was waiting to board my plane after a speaking engagement. I’m one of those people who likes to people-watch. So, I entertained myself by looking around. Everyone seemed a bit antsy waiting for the delayed flight, except for a honey-blond woman in her early forties who was sitting across from me. She was reading a big blue textbook with the word, “Incontinence” on it. I wanted to talk to her. Then, a pesky thought in the back of my head said, “Don’t!”

Lucky for me, I didn’t listen to myself. We chatted about the book, and her work as a nurse. When I told her about this blog, she was excited to tell me what she had been learning about LBL. “Women who take certain heart medication can have a temporary side effect of bladder leakage,” she said. I asked her, “What do you think women should do to improve light bladder leakage?” She said, “Kegels!” Though, I heard two women’s voices. The lady sitting to my right had been listening to our every word and burst out with the answer in unison! “I’m 80 years old,” she said, “I’ve never had bladder leaks, but my daughter does.” Her daughter’s LBL improved with Kegel exercises, which is something that both the nurse and I do regularly.

Just then it was time to board our plane. Too bad we didn’t have longer to chat. We had become fast friends over a talk about LBL. I almost held myself back from starting that conversation. If I had I would have missed out.

What types of conversations have you been the first to start? And what might have been missed if you hadn’t? (If you’d like to start an LBL related conversation, don’t stop yourself, feel free to post a question in the comments below.)

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