Tuesday, September 09, 2014

September is Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month

September is Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month. Interstitial Cystitis is a medical condition that causes intense bladder pain and urgency. It's not something I've ever talked about publicly, but it is a condition that I have suffered from for over 10 years.

I'm one of the lucky ones. I was diagnosed within a few months of starting with symptoms and daily medication and a restricted diet helps me. Most of the time, I live with a mild case of symptoms. I know it is there, but I can maintain my daily life. I have periodic flare-ups, often brought on by stress or an accidental ingestion of some food I'm not supposed to eat, that are truly incredibly painful and debilitating. I hope and pray that I don't ever reach the point where that is my constant state of being.

If you suffer from undiagnosed bladder pain or know someone who suffers from IC, I invite you to find out more at http://www.ichelp.org/ and http://www.icawareness.org

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