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ABC Medical Urology & Ostomy Care Blog

Teaching Self-Cathing Management for Teens and Seniors with Spina Bifida

Nov 7, 2023 1:01:48 PM / by Amy Thomason, BS MHA posted in independence, spina bifida, independent living


As a caregiver for a child or teen with spina bifida, you’re used to helping with a wide range of tasks, including toileting.

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Palliative Care and Hospice: Prioritize Quality of Life at all Stages of Serious Illness

Sep 27, 2023 12:44:04 PM / by Amy Landrum, AGNP-C CWOCN posted in independence, Living Well


For individuals living with chronic conditions, life can be stressful. The disease and the treatment may cause unpleasant side effects, such as pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, or depression. 

Palliative care is a field of specialized medical services that helps individuals and their loved ones live comfortably during treatment for cancer, throughout the management of non-curable chronic conditions, or at the end of life. Metastatic cancer and other conditions such as COPD, end-stage renal disease or advanced heart disease are examples of chronic conditions where palliative care can be helpful. 

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From Tips to Funnel Ends: Definitions for Common Urinary Catheter Terminology

Sep 6, 2023 2:08:12 PM / by Amy Landrum, AGNP-C CWOCN posted in independence, customer service


Patients with conditions that can cause urinary incontinence—such as prostate cancer, spinal cord injuries, or urological trauma—have a lot of choices to make regarding catheter use.

Should I do intermittent cathing? Or get an indwelling catheter? What’s the difference? And what the heck is a French size?

From tried-and-true products to innovative designs for athletic and on-the-go lifestyles, catheter options are seemingly endless. Getting the best fit and style starts with learning the right words to describe the products you need.

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Meet Amy, ABC Medical’s CWOC Nurse with a Passion for Improving Patients’ Lives

Sep 6, 2023 1:52:39 PM / by ABC Medical posted in independence, customer service


If you have health concerns, you know that nurses are the front-line providers who bring an invaluable amount of skill, knowledge, and expertise to patient care. They’re compassionate caregivers who deeply respect patients and listen to their needs.

Amy Landrum, APRN, CWOCN is one of those nurses.

We asked Amy to tell us about how she became a nurse, what her specialty means, and why she cares so much for her patients.

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Fall 2020 Adaptive Sports Scholarship Recipient: Hannah Lee Smith

Jan 14, 2021 4:15:34 PM / by Sarah Reiss posted in adaptbelievecompete stories, active life, independence, wheelchair athlete, customer stories, independent living


Meet Hannah, a 17-year-old wheelchair basketball athlete from Henrico, Virginia who aspires to become a Special Education teacher. She is the recipient of the Fall 2020 Adaptive Sports Scholarship award from ABCmedical.

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'Live Boundlessly' - A once in a lifetime experience brought to you by The Rollettes

Aug 14, 2018 3:15:21 PM / by Ali Kaplan posted in adaptive sports, independence, LA 2028, wheelchair dance, Rollettes


“I want the world to be accepting of me, but not adapt for me. I want to be able to figure out ways to adapt and get around.  I want to believe that people are helpful and that I can trust them.” shared the Arizona State University student-athlete and a Rollettes Lil Sis Christina Chambers over a phone interview with us earlier this month. In a way she redefined what ‘ABC’ stands for: Adapt.Believe.Compete.  We were fortunate enough to be introduced to two amazing dancers, Christina Chambers and Maria Rabiano through our support of the Rollettes dance team and their Be Boundless Summit which, by the way is coming up this Saturday, on August 18th and we cannot wait for it!  

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The Standing Company: A Wheelchair Company that Allows You to Stand Up

Feb 24, 2017 1:58:41 PM / by Mitchell Swanson posted in mobility, freedom, independence, standing wheelchair


In February 1990, I was injured with a C5/6 spinal cord injury.  I felt I needed to find a way to stand up, even with the disapproval of my rehab doctor. who did not believe there to be any benefit from standing.

I fired him. 

In 1993 I met the owner of The Standing Wheelchair Company and purchased my first Superstand standing wheelchair.  

We have been friends ever since. 

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