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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Commode

Updated: Jul 2

Transitioning into life with a new disability can seem like one challenge after another. Beyond new physical needs, there are also new emotional needs. Often, this means facing down your own insecurities and dismantling old coping systems that no longer serve you. 

As if it isn’t enough to figure out a whole new way to move and live, folks are also faced with learning a new way to think about themselves. Even when the right assistive devices are available, sometimes there are still mental or emotional barriers to their use. 

The following story really resonates with me. Living with a brain injury, I often “look fine” from the outside. For some reason, this makes me struggle to ask for the accommodations I need. 

Check out this story-

How I learned to stop worrying and love my Commode 

When we moved into our new apartment, the only bathroom was upstairs. I quickly realized that the added stress on my body was affecting my Bowels, Bladder and Energy in a negative way. My OT quickly brought a commode. At first I was worried and embarrassed, as we live in a small front windowed space and I thought no one would want to come over. Immediately, however, my body relaxed under the relief of not having to either stay upstairs all day or drag myself up the stairs. The commode now is tucked away and doubles as a piece of furniture when not in use. And, no one has ever once judged me for needing what I need to be as independent as I can!


Coming up on June 26th, the Parkwood Institute Main Building will be hosting a photo gallery night. Former Parkwood inpatients are asked to share images and stories around barriers or facilitators during their discharge from the hospital. It will be a great chance for families and caregivers to learn more about life with a disability and help current Parkwood inpatients prepare for their transition home. This event will feature Paul Garrett and Jason R. Gray.

We would welcome you to join us in person at the Parkwood Institute main auditorium starting at 3:30 PM and ending at 6:30 PM.



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