Isabella’s Story

Hi, my name is Isabella and I was born with spina bifida occulta with tethered spine syndrome, which meant that my spinal cord was attached to a fat lump instead of being loose inside my spine. At 3 months old I underwent dangerous, corrective surgery. It changed my life! But my problems were not over…
My condition was progressive and after a few years, I started having problems with my bladder muscles. I needed to carry supplies such as wipes, catheters, spare underwear, and liners. It didn’t take long before school friends started noticing.
But what could I do to make carrying these necessary supplies more discreet? There was nothing on the market to meet my needs so my Mom, Teresa helped me and we decided to find a solution. After testing several prototypes, I had an idea!
My Private Pocket Underwear was my tried and tested solution to carrying emergency supplies and back up underwear in a way that the other kids wouldn’t know, allowing me to enjoy life like other children.
My family has made it their mission to make life better for many children with medical needs and incontinence problems.
My Private Pocket is a range of underwear products designed especially for kids with incontinence problems so that they can be prepared for those little emergencies without embarrassment. Learn more at


Isabella’s resilience and innovative thinking is simply incredible! Her ability to take a difficult situation + turn it into something that works for her is amazing.

This is what people with disabilities are taught very early in life. It’s all about what you make of it!

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Kristin Marquis

Hey there! I'm Kristin. I live in the beautiful Seacoast town of Portsmouth, NH with my hubby Matt and our rescue pup Charlie. I was born with Spina Bifida and made this website in hopes that I would reach other people going through the same difficult things as I have and also to inspire others to embrace their differences and live Spina-Beautifully!