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mitchman222

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Review for International Paruresis Association, Inc., Catonsville, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This organization has changed my life in the most positive way. After 30+ years, I am truly free!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer

Review for International Paruresis Association, Inc., Catonsville, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was total avoidant from public restrooms for over 30 years and tried most everything on my own to help myself, to no avail. IPA was my last desperate attempt at to salvage my freedom to live life to its fullest. Before the Shy Bladder workshop I was frightened thinking, "if this does not work, I am out of options to free myself of this social phobia". The end of that workshop weekend brought me to the restroom of Comerica park during the 7th inning stretch. After one "misfire", I left the restroom and went back after a few minutes to relieve myself at a urinal with no dividers in between two men; we were almost toe to toe. Absolutely amazing to see what I was capable of. When I went home, I found support and began practicing aggressively what I learned. About 8 months after that, I can say I am a free man. It is hard work; when you are truly motivated to do it, you too will be free to pee :)

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is a hidden gold mine for people with Shy Bladder.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Compassionate, understanding, caring and supportive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring Oprah out of the closet as a Shy Bladder sufferer - that would help awareness of this disorder.

Ways to make it better...

If the workshop was held in my town.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Private funding to be able stay afloat, marketing efforts, etc.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am grateful for IPA and the Shy Bladder Institute. That is why I give back to help fellow suffers in my community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

Role:  Client Served & I am a support group leader for IPA in my state.